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Groups Seek to End Warrantless Device Searches at U.S. Borders

By May 1, 2019 No Comments

Yesterday the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation “asked a federal court to rule […] that the Department of Homeland Security disregards the First and Fourth Amendments,” reports USA Today. Their concern is that U.S. border agents are able to do warrantless seizures of citizens’ phones and laptops when they “reenter the country after traveling abroad.” Says ACLU attorney Esha Bhandari, “The border is not a lawless place, ICE and CBP are not exempt from the Constitution, and the information on our electronic devices is not devoid of Fourth Amendment protections.” The current development relates to a lawsuit filed in September 2017.