Summer is here, and that means vacation travel is up. At U.S. borders, customs officers may ask for your passwords to unlock your devices, or provide access to online accounts, especially social media.
According to many experts, you can refuse, but your devices could be seized and retained for an extended period of time and/or the data copied (even if it’s encrypted and effectively unretrievable). If you’re not a permanent resident of the U.S., you might be denied entry.
If you’re worried that you might have to hand over a device with valuable information, then consider this: the less data on hand, the less risk of exposure you have. With this in mind, you could choose to agree to allow device inspection, because there would be nothing of importance to disclose.