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Laptops Will Be Banned on Flights From 10 Airports From 8 Muslim-Majority Nations

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Traveling to the U.S. just got more restrictive.

Passengers traveling to the U.S.  from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries will no longer be aloud to bring laptops, tablets and other portable electronic devices on board, Lori Aratani of the Washington Post reports. The devices must now be packed in checked luggage.

The Post reports that senior U.S. administration officials said the rules were prompted by “evaluated intelligence” that terrorists continue to target commercial aviation by “smuggling explosives in portable electronic devices.”

“Based on this information, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Transportation Security Administration acting administrator Huban Gowadia have determined it is necessary to enhance security procedures for passengers at certain last-point-of-departure airports to the United States,” officials said late Monday, according to the Post story.

FBI: No Evidence That Agency Had Access to Millions of Apple Devices

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI on Tuesday disputed reports that it possessed a database with personal information on millions of Apple devices.

It also said there’s no evidence that an FBI laptop was compromised.

“The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs (unique identification numbers) was exposed,” the agency responded. “At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”

A group that calls itself AntiSec said the proof is online, where it posted more than 12 million downloadable UDIDs.

Partner group, Anonymous, has been linked to other high-profile computer attacks targeting the FBI and CIA.

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ACLU Sues Govt. To Stop Laptop and Cellphone Searches at Border Without Suspicion of Wrongdoing

laptopBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The ACLU is fighting a practice by federal authorities, who routinely search laptops and cells phones at border crossings.

The New York Daily News reports that the ACLU on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court challenging the policy.

The lawsuit contends that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security routinely conducts the searches without suspicion of wrongdoing, and sometimes transfers data out of the devices,  the Daily News reported.

“Innocent Americans should not be made to feel like the personal information they store on their laptops and cell phones is vulnerable to searches by government officials any time they travel out of the country,” said Catherine Crump of the American Civil Liberties Union, according to the Daily News.

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