FEATURE: 05.27.19- Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer season and if you plan to travel internationally for business or pleasure with the Apple smartphone, tablet or notebook in tow, you may be prepared for possible search and seizure of your airport units by US Customs and Border Protection agents (CBP) upon return home based on the experience of an employee working for Cupertino, California-based tech giant who recently dealt with this trial after taking a business trip abroad .
In April, Soo Youn from ABC News reported that last November, when Apple employee Andreas Gal arrived at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), he was arrested for one hour by three armed CBP agents that required access to its iPhone and MacBook Pro.
Gal told ABC News that CBP agents insisted on searching the contents of their Apple-released smartphone and laptop that contained proprietary information. In addition to asking about his work at Apple, the agents also asked about their job at their former employer Mozilla – the Firefox browser – and his business trip to Sweden.
"They wanted to see my itinerary on my smartphone. I offered to email them my itinerary and they insisted on seeing it on my smartphone. This was very disturbing to me, Gal said.
" as a brief inspection of the contents of your mobile phone. This is really my entire life in the last 10 to 15 years I carry with me on my mobile phone. And CBP seems to believe without a court-authorized trial that they can inspect the last 10 to 15 years of my life just because I travel internationally. "
Last month, Gal personally specified his experience in an article in which he wrote about Other aspects of his arrest of CBP agents: From those who take the passport and search for all their assets, to deny their request to speak to one lawyer and confiscate his global listing card – a fast track that lets you bypass security lines – therefore his status is revoked as a punishment for failing to meet their requirements.
"I have been working for Silicon Valley companies for more than a decade and International travel is a necessary part of my job. I've had my share of delays and lost connections, but one thing I've never experienced while traveling in airports is fear. … "wrote Gal.
" … I've reduced my international travel and my heart pounds every time I go through US Customs. However, I will not be quiet. "
Gal also wrote that he has learned since his experience was not unique. According to him – based on linked sources he cited – recently CBP has begun to aggressively ask, illegally capture, and in some cases physical abuse US citizens cross the border
In addition to his article, Gal went to Twitter and wrote a tweet to be subject to illegal border search and with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), He filed a civil rights case against CBP.
According to Youn of ABC News, the complaint was filed on March 28, 2019 by the ACLU Foundation of Northern California against the United States claiming that the search of Gall's assets violated the fourth change that protects unreasonable search and seizures. 19659004] A CBP spokesperson who responded to ABC News via e-mail regarding the case wrote that, in general, all travelers arriving in the United States are subject to CBP inspection which may include units
some other electronic or digital devices.
Also, the CBP spokesman wrote that any traveler who does not deliver the items requested by their agents can lead to detention and / or seizure of the electronic device (s).  According to data from CBP, between 2016 and 2017, the agency had a 59% jump in the number of searches by electronic devices. About 0.007% (29,200+ of more than 397 million people) of international travelers arriving in the United States treated by CBP agents had sought electronic equipment. In 2016, the figure was 0.005% (18 400+ of more than 390 million people).
"Why me? I'm a boring, middle-aged, white male software performer. I'm very average," Gal said.
"There is nothing I would have expected to experience, to be yelled by three armed men just because I came home."
In his article on the trial he experienced, Gal wrote:
"If the government had Intended to scare me, they certainly succeeded. Ever since, I fear. "
(Youn reported that Apple refused to comment).