Judge Rules US Border Agents Need ‘Reasonable Suspicion, To Search A Phone

Posted by at 4:04 pm on November 12, 2019

A federal judge today ruled that US border agents can’t search travelers devices without “reasonable suspicion”, Reuters reported .

While they can still search devices without a warrant, they now need a specific reason to do so. Previous searches by CPB and ICE without reason violated the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, according to the new ruling by US District Judge Denise Casper in Boston.

The ACLU and EFF filed the lawsuit in 2017 on behalf of 10 US citizens and one lawful resident whose devices were searched without a warrant. Over 30,000 devices were searched at the border in 2018, per the ACLU

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