Passing through UK borders with privacy2021-03-23T15:14:24+00:00

Passing through UK borders with privacy

The right to privacy is a fundamental right; here are some practical steps to help maintain your privacy

Schedule 7 Know Your Rights leaflet
1) Travel light2021-03-23T15:09:14+00:00
  • Only take devices that you need
2) Use a strong password2021-03-23T15:07:54+00:00
  • Ensure all your devices and accounts are password protected
  • Strong passphrases are around 20 characters or more in length, easy to remember, but difficult to guess
3) Backup all content on your phone2021-03-23T15:06:32+00:00
  • Download all your photos and videos from your phone to a hard drive or laptop.
  • Back up all other data to the cloud (for example: emails, contacts, calendar and browser history)
4) Wipe your phone2021-03-23T15:05:18+00:00
  • Now you need to wipe your device, depending on your preferences there are two ways you can do this – see image for details
What to do if you are asked for your devices2021-03-23T15:03:28+00:00
  • Under Schedule 7 you may be asked to surrender your passwords. If you do not comply, you risk committing an offence.
  • However, if you have followed the above steps most of your confidential information will remain private.
  • If after this there is still confidential or work material on your phone you are allowed to assert confidentiality and officers should cease search.
  • You may be without your devices for a week, so be prepared for that too.
  • If you are stopped under Schedule 7, make sure you contact a lawyer and get in touch with CAGE.

Also see our Schedule 7 Know Your Rights guide