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Don't Take Your Electronics to Canada | MyPetPeeves.com

Don't Take Your Electronics to Canada

A new law will soon go into affect in Canada designed to curb piracy, a good thing right?  Not so fast!  This law gives customs the right to seize any electronic device that may contain any kind data on it. All a customs officer has to do is have even the slightest inkling that it may contain anything illegal. 

I can tell you from living right on the border that dealing with customs on either side of the border can already be a major hassle. If a customs officer takes a disliking to you he can make life difficult for you. They can literally tear your car apart and are not required to put it back together, if they rip up your seats looking for drugs they don't have to fix them. You could also be taken into custody, strip searched, cavity searched, or X-rayed. People have even handcuffed and guns in their faces.

So if you're planning on going to Canada anytime soon you may wanna leave the laptop, I-Pod, or Mixed Cd's/Dvd's at home. The real kicker here is that they can hold the items for as long as they like, even if its proven nothing illegal was found. 

I heard about all this on the radio I'll look for a printed article then post it here whan I can.  We go to Canada often but when this law takes effect we'll be going a lot less often.

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http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2222788/international-piracy-plans-acta

Damn I missed some of the radio news, according to that link it is just not Canada, but the USA and other countries too! Well slap me and call me surprised at this one!

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I didn't catch the full story from the radio, this includes the US and other conutries too. I'm telling you all we're losing all our rights, something needs to be done this is outrageous.

This is really some scary crap! Lets say I cross to Windsor and Customs asks about the 500+ tracks on my I-Pod, how am I to prove all the content is legal? They could seize the Pod until i could prove I purchased all the content on it. Carrying the reciepts from all my purchases from I-Tunes, Rhapsody, and CD's would be impractical.

Pmartel, you're in ...

Pmartel, you're in Michigan right?

that sucks, but at least ...

that sucks, but at least all my stuff on the ipod is LEGAL, I either bought the cd's or got it off itunes.

If they take my iPod they ...

If they take my iPod they can't tell where I got my stuff from - nothing says "this song was downloaded with uTorrent and then imported into iTunes and placed on the iPod"!!!

That's just weird though. That means if they don't like you, they can just take your phone even - my phone has the ability to hold data, AND it gets text messages so they can just claim I'm getting info for something and take it. Talk about intrusion of PRIVACY!!

Ak yet more rights we've ...

Ak yet more rights we've lost under the guise of safety. I'd rather risk being a victin of a terrorist than to have my rights taken from me. Its not freedom if you're living in a giant bird cage.