If you plan on crossing the border with an electronic device, it’s important to know your rights and to take precautions to keep your information safe. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) officers have far greater ability to conduct searches at the border than they would inside of the U.S. CBP can search the contents of your electronic devices like phones, tablets, cameras, and laptops without probable cause that you are doing something wrong, and without your permission.
World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN) is the bi-national Buffalo Niagara region’s go-to resource for companies doing business internationally. Manufacturers and service companies in the WTCBN territory, stretching from Hamilton, ON to Syracuse, NY, can rely on our network, services and expertise to help expand your international reach.
Fraud is an ever-present risk for any business, regardless of geography. One of the biggest threats to businesses of all sizes is cybercrime. Manipulation of business-to-business payment channels has resulted in an increasingly challenging environment for business owners and controllers alike. Consider the following case study as an illustration of the threat:
When working with Canadian companies considering a Buffalo Niagara business expansion, availability, costs, and market conditions are always primary concerns. Canadian business owners are unsure of the availability of commercial properties, average sale/lease rates, and the current trends relating to Buffalo Niagara real estate.
Our lives are extensively documented on phones, laptops, and on social media. Some of this information is very personal, and a lot of travelers may wish to keep this sensitive data private. However, each time you enter the United States, regardless of your status or documentation, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determines your admissibility to the country, and part of this determination may include searching a traveler’s electronic devices. With these types of searches becoming increasingly common, it has never been more important for individuals to know and understand their rights at the border.