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Judge Says Feds Need Reasons for Border Tech Searches

November 13, 2019 (1 min read)

Zack Huffman, CNS, Nov. 12, 2019

"A federal judge in Boston ruled Tuesday that the government’s suspicionless searches of international travelers’ smartphones and laptops at border ports of entry and airports violate the Fourth Amendment.  “Although governmental interests are paramount at the border, where such non-cursory searches…amount to non-routine searches, they require reasonable suspicion that the devices contain contraband,” U.S. District Judge Denise Casper wrote in her 48-page opinion."