Border officials have ‘near-unfettered’ access to electronic devices, ACLU says

United States officials have largely unchecked power to search electronic devices at the border, and can share the resulting data widely, the American Civil Liberties Union said today.

The organization, which is suing both Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the agencies had released new information on how they conduct border searches. Civil liberties advocates have argued that officials are exercising unconstitutional powers to search devices, and the ACLU and Electronic Frontier foundation today asked a federal court to rule without trial that those searches violate the First and Fourth Amendments.

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