Friday, February 08, 2008

Law firms advise tempting hackers & not the U.S. goverment


Hacker Barbie
Originally uploaded by nic221.
Evidently, there's been a run on searches and confiscations of electronic equipment entering the United States. Seems that officers with customs and Border Protection frequently check laptops for websites visited and copy laptop hard drives.

Ellen Nakashima in her Clarity Sought on Electronics Searches
In Canada, one law firm has instructed its lawyers to travel to the United States with "blank laptops" whose hard drives contain no data. "We just access our information through the Internet," said Lou Brzezinski, a partner at Blaney McMurtry, a major Toronto law firm. That approach also holds risks, but "those are hacking risks as opposed to search risks," he said.
So, let me get this straight: We'd rather trust our luck to hackers and the Internet than the federal government?

Sounds about right to me.

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