Digital Privacy

Entering and Leaving Canada (Canada Border Services)

Electronic Devices Privacy Handbook:
A Guide to Your Rights at the Border

Carefully read the short and long guides at this link. Two videos
are included. They offer many practical recommendations. Avoid
unpleasant interviews, having personal files copied, electronic
devices seized, extended delays, and possible imprisonment.
Check your cellphone, camera and computer. Backup personal images,
videos and files on a separate device. Leave the backup at home.
Then remove the files from the electronic device(s) that you will take
across the border. Simply pressing "Delete" does not permanently
remove the file.
Use built-in tools in Windows (a tool called cipher), Mac (‘secure empty
trash’ or srm), or Linux (shred or srm) to permanently delete data.
However, it may still be possible for a forensic technician to retrieve
your files. Only after the complete physical destruction of the memory
component, such as a hard drive or solid state drive, is the data beyond
Finally, password or fingerprint protect the electronic device.

The guide was produced by the British Columbia Civil Liberties
Association (BCCLA). This organization strives to preserve and
enhance civil rights on behalf of all Canadians.