Ever had your phone searched?

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Hi Paov, I have an important question for you: has an agent at a border or airport in Canada ever asked to look through your phone or laptop? Or has this happened to someone you know?

Digital device searches at borders and airports is a hot topic in Canada right now. Our out-of-date regulations are allowing border guards to search thousands of phones and laptops without warrants or even any cause for suspicion.1

Now, a major... court case is being launched by Nick Wright, a lawyer who made headlines earlier this year when his phone and laptop, which contained privileged client information, were seized at Toronto Pearson airport after he refused to provide the passwords.2

This case has the power to finally force the government to draw a distinction between digital devices and other kinds of goods. To make this lawsuit even stronger, we’re reaching out to the OpenMedia community to find other people who may have experienced searches of their devices at Canadian borders and airports.

If you’ve had your phone, laptop or other digital device searched or seized, or had agents demand passwords at a Canadian border or airport, and if you’re potentially interested in being part of a legal challenge, please hit reply to this email or send me a message directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a bit of information about your story.

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There are lots of other ways you can help this campaign if the above doesn’t apply to you.

Thousands of devices are searched every month. Sharing this campaign far and wide could help find more people to join in and make this case even stronger.


Or, if you know anyone personally who has had their devices searched or seized in Canada, will you forward this email to them and ask them to get in touch with us?

This is our best chance to finally secure changes to our laws, and give appropriate protection to the vast amounts of highly personal information on modern-day digital devices.

Thank you for all you do with us, Victoria at OpenMedia

P.S. Our campaign to restore privacy at the border, like all our campaigns, is funded by grassroots donations. We can’t do it without you - please make a donation to help us win the fight.

[1] Canadian Border Agents Also Routinely Demanding Passwords From Travelers And Searching Their Devices:
[2] Canada Border Services seizes lawyer's phone, laptop for not sharing passwords:

Want to learn more about this campaign? Visit borderprivacy.ca to learn more about your rights and sign the petition!


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