According to the NY Times, quoting a Homeland Security official, infringing IP is one of the things that border guards are looking for.
[Senator] Feingold expressed discontent that the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the customs and border agency, did not send a witness to testify. He said a written statement by Jayson P. Ahern, deputy commissioner for the agency, provided “little meaningful detail on the agency’s policies.”So, could a ripped CD or a downloaded unpaid for MP3 could result in action by Homeland Security?
Mr. Ahern’s statement said that the agency’s efforts did not infringe upon privacy and that it was important to note that the agency was “responsible for enforcing over 600 laws at the border, including those that relate to narcotics, intellectual property, child pornography and other contraband, and terrorism.” (emphasis added)
It seems to be right up there with narcotics, child porn and terrorism. And this is pre- ACTA.
Would they really do anything about a few ripped CDs or downloaded MP3s?
Would large record companies sue children and dead grandmothers?
Today the border - tomorrow your home?
Oh, brave new world....
As I must repeatedly stress, being in favour of balance, privacy and the best use of policing resources is not tantamount to condoning piracy. It's all a question of reason and rationality.