Export Controls and Traveling Abroad with Electronic Devices

Safety of Personal and Research Data

In addition to becoming familiar with applicable export control requirements, Yale travelers should note that any international travel with an electronic device may result in the disclosure of personal information stored on the device.  In some countries, custom officials may examine information contained in devices or seize devices. Instances of laptop seizures have been widely reported in the press. Travel into and out of the U.S. is no exception:  Homeland Security personnel may inspect information contained in a traveler’s device, or seize the device.  Yale travelers should therefore consider carefully which devices, bearing what information, they wish to bring with them on international trips.

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