There’s been much noise lately about how it’s no longer safe to travel to the US with your devices, and that you should leave it at home. This of course ignoring the fact that US CBP agents have been able to seize your devices for years, and that there are documented examples of people (not necessarily the US govt.) using stingrays to get control of your phone in airports; it’s only now that they’re taking a publicised interest in your social media accounts.
As someone who’s travelling to the US later this year, I’m in two minds about this. Part of me is resting on the fact that I’m in the least-interesting-to-the-US-services demographic, but I’m aware that ones laurels may be comfortable but are at best a temporary perch.
It’s unclear to me whether I should travel with burner laptop and phone and create myself some kind of dead-drop in the cloud that contains the files necessary for me to get up and running again on the other side (gpg encrypted SSH keys, etc) or whether I need just the burner phone, or whether I should just stop worrying and travel as normal.
(I am aware that I’m probably now on a watch list…)