Going to the UK? Don’t take your phone


via chrisd.ca

via chrisd.ca

Alanah Eriksen reports on an interesting development in the UK

Thousands of Kiwis travelling to Great Britain face having their phones seized and personal data downloaded and stored by police.

The issue has been highlighted by David Anderson, a British reviewer of terrorism laws, who is calling for checks to ensure they are not being abused.

A privacy group in this country says the process could intimidate people entering the country and fears any searches of Kiwis may restrict the ability of people trying to open bank accounts or do business abroad.

Under UK counter-terrorism laws, officers do not need to show reasonable suspicion for seizing electronic devices and can retain information for “as long as is necessary”

Is this another reason to keep your data encrypted and in the Cloud?

Data downloaded can include call history, contact books, photos and who the person is texting or emailing – even if the individual is then immediately allowed to proceed.

Up to 60,000 people a year are stopped and examined as they enter the UK – nearly 100,000 Kiwis travelled there in the past year alone – but it is not known how many of them had their phone data taken.

Council for Civil Liberties spokesman Batch Hales said any information gained by British police on Kiwis would “certainly be relayed back to New Zealand and to the other countries”.

It’s getting more difficult to enjoy travel.  Either they want to see you naked and probe you where the sun don’t shine, or they strip you of every bit of your remaining dignity by seizing your most personal communications.

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