E-book privacy at the borders? Not now—but EFF’s fighting unreasonable searches. ‘Lolita’ fans, beware!
June 15, 2008 | 10:15 am
Earlier we told how Hollywood and other copyright interests want the slightest suspicion of piracy to be the grounds for seizing your e-device. Washington is all to happy to try to oblige via diplomatic initiatives.
But for travelers to the U.S., risks already exist for other reasons, as Ars Technica and Slashdot items make clear. The child-porn battle is one of them. EFF and the Association of Corporate Travel Executives are fighting back in court against unjustified laptop searches—a concept that almost surely would apply to dedicated e-book readers.
Meanwhile, beware. Someday that e-copy of Lolita might make customs or borders agents flag you as a child-porn perv. Better be sure it’s not pirated, so you can point to a logo from a mainstream publisher.
And elsewhere on the threat front: Charging by the byte to curb Internet traffic, in the New York Times. Could this really go beyond Digital Rights Management to the area of Digital Denial Management—to the benefit of special interests.