US Customs and Borders Protection has seized over 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards. The trendy death-wheelies are sitting in a warehouse in Chicago awaiting processing. Since they can't be sold, they will be destroyed.
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While you might grumble at Customs taking issue with your $1000-plus international purchases, they're also in the business of confiscating objects a little more dangerous than discounted camera lenses and smartphones. This week, some 6000 weapons were snagged, including iPhone counterfeits capable of delivering electrical shocks.
If you ordered a Makerbot Replicator 2 recently, you might have noticed that it was a bit late getting to you. That's because when Makerbot decided to launch the Replicator 2 in Australia it ran into an obnoxious hurdle, namely, in the form of the the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Border crossings are usually designed to suck your soul while you wait in endless lines for a customs agent to approve or cancel your travel plans. But if your journeys have you crossing between Georgia and Armenia in the near future, you'll be treated to this amazing architectural wonder at the border.
Back in May, Apple managed to hold up the import of HTC handsets on the grounds that they infringed a number of patents. The ban didn't last for long — and now the ITC is flatly refusing to listen to Apple's whining.
In 2008, it came to light that Homeland Security had the authority to take your laptop, hold it indefinitely, and search it whenever without warrant or probable cause. Last week, a judge rightly ruled that that's bananas.
Your laptop, mobile phone or camera can still be seized at the US border without suspicion of wrongdoing, but new guidelines require border protection and customs to take a maximum of 5 and 30 days, respectively, to complete searches.
When will these people get a clue? News.com.au is reporting that the next time you travel with your iPod, those friendly customs officials could pull you aside, slap on the latex and give your iPod a full-body cavity search for pirated music.
The push - which originates from the RIAA in the US - is global in scale, and the Australian government has openly admitted it is partaking in the discussions (although they haven't agreed to any aspect of the arrangement).
There's also a lot of confusion over exactly what will be considered as commercial levels of piracy.
If the government is foolish enough to vote this draconian ruling in, I think it would be a good time to join one of those floating communities in the Pacific... How the government can even be considering such a stupid proposition is beyond me.
You already knew that customs officials can search your laptop if they feel like it, detaining you if you refuse, but what can you do to protect yourself from random dudes checking out your vacation pics? The EFF has some tips. There's having multiple encrypted partitions, having secure passwords, shutting off your machine before searches and destroying naughty stuff semi-permanently with shredding applications. Hit up the link for more privacy tips.