BCCLA EVENT: CBSA Searches of Electronic Devices - Data privacy and border crossings

Normally, I don’t advertise events on this blog, but this one is definitely within my interests. My day job is one as a professional software developer, and I cross the Canada/US border about a dozen times a year. There’s also the fact that I go to a conference in Europe every other year, and the fact that I’ve been harassed by CBSA agents in the past, so if you’re like me at all, if you can go to this event, you should go to this event, especially since the author is one of the lawyers that really understands this subject matter.

I won’t be at the event, because I’ll be in the United States during this time. The material is based on the information obtained by the BCCLA using ATIP</a>.

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Date/Time: Monday, March 5, 2012, 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm Venue: Allard Hall (UBC), Room 106, 1822 East Mall

The Canada Border Services Agency claims the right to search your electronic devices - laptops, smartphones, and so on - when you cross the border into Canada - no suspicion required. 

Come out for the official launch of a new BCCLA handbook addressing CBSA searches of electronic devices, featuring handbook author and lawyer Greg McMullen and the BCCLA’s Carmen Cheung.

Learn about:

What are your rights during border searches? How and why does the CBSA search electronic devices? How can you keep your private information safe and secure? and Why does this really matter?

Yes, there will be FREE PIZZA!

Sponsored by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the Law Foundation of B.C.