The court criticized warrantless searches of global travelers laptops, phones,
A Federal court on Tuesday that the search of electronic devices belonging to international travelers, the at U.S. ports of entry against the Fourth amendment of the Constitution, when, without individualized suspicion, handing a victory for the right to privacy advocates.
The judgment in the district court in Boston came from a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in the name of 11 travelers whose smartphones and laptops were exposed to, in the various ports of entry.
Esha Bhandari, staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy and technology project, said the ruling strengthens Fourth Amendment protection for international travelers in the United States.
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The government is looking for the number of the electronic device in recent years, the ACLU said. More than 33,000 searches that have been performed in the past year, almost four times the number from three years ago.
“This is a great day for the travelers, which is now the international border, without fear of the government, said in the absence of any suspicion, rifling through the extraordinarily sensitive information we Handle all of our electronic devices,” says ACLU staff attorney, Sophia, in a statement.
Border-agents now need to show individualized suspicion, they can search a traveler device, said ACLU, the call to the unjust search for “fishing expeditions”.”
court documents filed as part of the lawsuit, said agents with the customs and border protection authority, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will consider requests from other authorities for the decision, whether you are looking for someone who has the equipment.
a claim, arguing the warrantless searches were expanded to advance criminal investigations, and the enforcement of tax, environmental, consumer, and bankruptcy law.
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cases of International travelers have reported unreasonable searches in the last few months, the ACLU said.
An immigration officer at the Boston Logan Airport denied, allegedly, an incoming Harvard University student from Lebanon, the entry into the United States after searching his social media accounts.
“put an end to the ability of the government to conduct suspicionless fishing expeditions, the court reiterates that the border is not a lawless place, and that we do not lose our privacy when we travel,” Bhandari, said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Released on Tue, 12 Nov 2019 23:01:35 +0000