May 10, 2018

Federal court bans border searches of electronic devices without suspicion of criminal wrongdoing

Boing Boing - The Fourth Circuit appeals court has held that it is unconstitutional for US border officials to subject visitors' devices to forensic searches without individualized suspicion of criminal wrongdoing.

The Fourth Circuit didn't rule out the possibility that manual searches were also unconstitutional, but did not rule on the matter, and the ruling also suggests that warrants may be needed before border guards can undertake forensic searches of electronic devices.

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