EFF files court brief urging warrants for digital device searches at borders


The EFF has filed a court filing pressing for warrants be required for searches of mobile phones, laptops and other digital devices by federal agents at international airports and U.S. land borders — describing these as “highly intrusive forays into travelers’ private information”.

It’s urging that searches of digital devices should only be possible when a border agent has obtained a signed warrant from a judge.

Such searches are currently allowed under an exception to the Fourth Amendment for routine immigration and customs enforcement. However, the EFF says digital device searches at the U.S. border have more than doubled since the inauguration of President Trump.

It also points out that increasing numbers of people carry such devices when traveling — arguing both…

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