US Gov. To Allow Itself To Search Through Your Desktop/Laptop?

Canada
March 28, 2009 9:18pm CST
Anyone heard of this in the US? Rumour? Fact? Or is this treaty trying to be passed? How would you feel if the gov would be able to do this? IMO, noone should be allowed to search through my things. Its like someone going through my closet or something personal. Doesnt this somehow crossover with my personal freedoms and/or rights. Personally, i think that they would need a warrent or resonable suspicision to look through your hard drives.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Mar 09
I'm not sure where you got this from. I know when you come in to the united states across the border, computers may be subject to search. But I don't know about what your proposing. If you could get a bill number or the name of the legislation, that would be prety helpfull. I'm a pretty vicious watchdog on these things, but we need to be carefull to stick to confirmed things and not jump before we have said confirmation. All we do when we do this is discredit a good cause and drive people away from it.
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
29 Mar 09
I haven't heard anything about this but it seems highly unlikely that the government would be able to twist the constitution in such a way to allow this. Personal computers are private property and, unless things change drastically, law enforcement still would need a search warrant and reasonable cause before looking at what someone has on their hard drives.
@krissy32 (205)
• United States
29 Mar 09
I have heard of this, but as far as I can tell it is still being debated in Congress, but it would apply to crossing borders and airports. Searching laptops is pretty extreme, but then again, we have some extreme people in government that seem to be hell bent on breaking every privacy rule there is. GRRR. Which is why I don't fly until this nonsense is rescinded.
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29 Mar 09
This would be just about as bad as the UK Govt limiting the sound volume at concerts. I know that the US Govt are trying to prevent terrorism and all of the other disturbances, but this is taking it a notch too far
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@us2owls (1681)
• United States
29 Mar 09
In my opinion this would be the greatest invasion of privacy - but then again if someone wants to look at what I have on my computer let them have at it. Just another waste of taxpayer money. What next? Oh while I am at it - Obama is more than welcome to look into anything of mine in exchange for me getting a look at his hidden Hawaii birth certificate. LOL Just give me a call Barrack - we can do it any day after I get home to the USA and while were at it would you get me a residents visa for my husband. He will be self supporting - unlike you aunt.
@greysfreak (1388)
• United States
29 Mar 09
This is just horrible if it's true. I wouldn't be surprised if they did this. Just another power grab. It feels like a form of harassment to me! I am getting more and more scared for my country and my freedom by the day. Now, I don't do anything illegal that could get me in trouble, but I am a fairly private person. I am willing to share somethings, on forums such as this, and when I do--I know that anyone can see it. So in that aspect, I do open myself up for people to know about me. But the idea of the government being able to search my laptop and see my personal information, what games I play, my personal journal(when I have those), etc. I understand, in the case of a warrant, I don't feel comfortable with that either because I think that there are a lot of people who would plant stuff on your computer just to make you look guilty. That being said, if they really do have substantial proof, then that is one thing--but just on whim, or because they want to snoop is completely unacceptable!
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