Archive for May 6, 2019

#PSA: Your Devices Can Be Searched And Seized By CBSA Without A Warrant

Posted in Commentary with tags , on May 6, 2019 by itnerd

I’ve written¬†about the fact that CBSA or the Canada Border Services Agency can search and seize electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops. Often without a warrant or even a reason. This was highlighted when this CBC News story came to light where a lawyer returning to Canada from South America had his laptop and phone seized because he wouldn’t hand over the password so that they could troll them for reason unknown.

I’m not going to debate whether this is right or not. Though I will say that perhaps it would be wise for these laws need to be reviewed. but what can you do to protect yourself from this. I’d take the advice that I gave in this article that I wrote about crossing the US border with your devices. The fact is that CBSA can search of your devices for no reason whatsoever. That means that you need to protect yourself and your data from loss. The fact is that while you can replace your phone/computer, as well as complain about this, you can’t replace your data.