How to take a laptop abroad (or not…)

Not all of us know that taking a computing device out of the country is risky business. Once you leave the country, entering some other country, or re-entering your own essentially eliminates your 4th Amendment rights against search (this is a different kind of elimination than what you encounter when you fly, incidentally–that’s because flying is ‘voluntary’ so you are not being forced to undergo a search. Or so say the courts).

The Electronic Freedom Foundation has a very useful guide to what you can and can’t do, and what you can and cannot expect when you travel out of the country with a laptop: