Just Security: Customs and Border Protection’s New Policy for Searching Devices Offers Thin Protection

Just Security: Customs and Border Protection’s New Policy for Searching Devices Offers Thin Protection by Carrie DeCell:

Two weeks ago, the Knight Institute and the New York Times published roughly 240 complaints by travelers detailing the “traumatizing” and “highly inappropriate” electronic device searches they endured at international airports and other U.S. borders. The Knight Institute and others have argued that suspicionless device searches violate travelers’ First and Fourth Amendment rights, and that the government should not be permitted to conduct such searches without probable cause.

Last Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a revised directive governing searches of travelers’ electronic devices at U.S. borders, along with an updated privacy impact assessment of those searches.

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