It looks like I will be going to Canada for a somewhat extended time (flying in). I wanted to bring my personal laptop and external hard drive into the country. Someone was telling me that the customs officials had the right to seize my property and inspect my computer. I planned to bring my external hard drive with MP3s and movies, etc. Is this likely to be a problem? How likely is it that they carry me in a room with my laptop and make a copy of my hard drive or external hard drive?
It doesn’t surprise me in the least that they have the right to ship me and my laptop to Guantanamo if they don’t like my haircut, but how likely are they to go sniffing around my computer for illegal MP3s and illegal movies (copyright movies - but not illegal as in child pornography - FYI)
I could always attempt to encrypt this information, but if they did go looking this would make me even more suspicious plus not to mention encrypting 130+ gigs of music and movies won’t be easy.
Can anyone share their experiences? I would really like to have access to music and movies while away, but I certainly don’t want these guys sniffing around my computer trying to find terrorist junk only to find my hidden porn stash :).