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DHS Privacy Report: Laptop Searches At Airports Infrequent

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Good article from CIO.com on privacy and airport security.   Although, we experience big delays at most major US airports, it seems that most electronic devices/media are never searched for dangerous explosives, etc.   After you read the excerpt below, you can read the entire article by clicking the link at the bottom of the post:

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s annual privacy report card revealed more details on the agency’s controversial policy involving searches of electronic devices at U.S. borders.

The 99-page report, which was released Thursday, also offered details on the agency’s efforts to address privacy risks in social media and the use of imaging technologies that produce whole-body scans at airport security checkpoints.

The report is the first DHS privacy assessment released to Congress since the new administration took office. It covers the activities of the DHS Privacy Office between July 2008 and June 2009.

For the most part, the report is a compilation of privacy-related activities across the DHS during this period. However, it also offered lesser-known details about some DHS programs. For instance, numbers released in the report indicate that warrantless searches of electronic devices at U.S. borders are occurring less frequently than some privacy and civil rights advocates might have feared.

Of the more than 144 million travelers that arrived at U.S. ports of entry between Oct. 1, 2008 and May 5, 2009, searches of electronic media were conducted on 1,947 of them, the DHS said.”

To read the full report from CIO.com click the link below:

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The photo above of Sacha Baron Cohen taken when he arrived at Kennedy Airport from Kazakhstan, shows the explosive Camel dung cubes he had attached around his waste.   Thanks to the 37 million dollar scanners now installed at major airports, reliance on dogs for detecting Camel dung is now a thing of the past.

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