Here’s What You Need to Know Now about US Customs Searches of Your Phone


Tim Schwartz, who has worked with Fordham Law’s Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP), was quoted in a Quartz article regarding digital privacy of travelers’ cellphones when it comes to being searched by US Customs and Border Protection agents.

“As soon as you unlock your phone its Pandora’s Box,” Tim Schwartz, an activist who runs digital-privacy workshops and has worked with the Fordham Law School’s Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) to research online privacy, told Quartz.

“If they can search your phone they can search your cloud account. Take Dropbox or iCloud as an example. They both sync information on your phone with the cloud…The only safe method is to back up your phone ahead of time, clear it to factory settings, travel, then restore it on the other side.”


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