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CAN OFFICIALS SEARCH YOUR DEVICES AT THE BORDER? – Phone Searches Now Default Mode At The Border; More Searches Last Month Than In All Of 2015 | Techdirt

“Despite the Supreme Court’s finding that cell phone searches require warrants, the DHS and CBP have interpreted this to mean it doesn’t apply to searches of devices entering/leaving the country. Searches of cellphones by border agents has exploded, growing fivefold in just one year, from fewer than 5,000 in 2015 to nearly 25,000 in 2016. According to DHS officials, 2017 will be a blockbuster year. Five-thousand devices were searched in February alone, more than in all of 2015. Officers and agents are seizing and searching devices by force. Device searches were always considered intrusive and were saved for criminal suspects and watchlisted travelers. Now, it’s everyone.”

Source: Phone Searches Now Default Mode At The Border; More Searches Last Month Than In All Of 2015 | Techdirt

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