Passing through UK borders with privacy
The right to privacy is a fundamental right; here are some practical steps to help maintain your privacy
1) Travel lightAzfar2021-03-23T15:09:14+00:00
- Only take devices that you need
2) Use a strong passwordAzfar2021-03-23T15:07:54+00:00
- Ensure all your devices and accounts are password protected
- Strong passphrases are around 20 characters or more in length, easy to remember, but difficult to guess
3) Backup all content on your phoneAzfar2021-03-23T15:06:32+00:00
- Download all your photos and videos from your phone to a hard drive or laptop.
- Back up all other data to the cloud (for example: emails, contacts, calendar and browser history)
4) Wipe your phoneAzfar2021-03-23T15:05:18+00:00
- Now you need to wipe your device, depending on your preferences there are two ways you can do this – see image for details
What to do if you are asked for your devicesAzfar2021-03-23T15:03:28+00:00
- Under Schedule 7 you may be asked to surrender your passwords. If you do not comply, you risk committing an offence.
- However, if you have followed the above steps most of your confidential information will remain private.
- If after this there is still confidential or work material on your phone you are allowed to assert confidentiality and officers should cease search.
- You may be without your devices for a week, so be prepared for that too.
- If you are stopped under Schedule 7, make sure you contact a lawyer and get in touch with CAGE.