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RE[9]: Waiver received


That's interesting since the article is from June 18 2018 it says two things:

As many as 30,000 phones were checked at the U.S. border in 2017, representing a 60 per cent increase in inspections. U.S. officials say that number is still only a miniscule percentage of all travellers that crossed the border that year. But with recreational marijuana legalization set to occur this October, Canadians can expect a higher frequency of phone searches in the next few months.

Additionally, the new directive allows border agents to download documents that are stored in a cloud, or upload files into their own storage drives for examination. Experts suggest travellers to remove any sensitive data from their phones before reaching the border and also turning on 'airplane mode' to ensure border agents cannot remotely access files without a valid reason.

Since there was no "cloud" in 2008, I guess this is different. Also, since they increased phone inspection by 60% in 2017, and are increasing it even more "under the new directive", i would say "more than a 60% greater chance my phone would be searched" is a significant change. Note two that in 2008 there was no pending legalization for marijuana, so this represents stepped up enforcement.

Ken, would you say a 60% chance you are going to die of cancer is "significant"? How about a "greater than 60% chance"?

1. Next time read the article before commenting
2. Waivers are about attention to detail. Your constantly showing a lack of that here.

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