Supreme Court Urged to review case against searching of devices at the border
The case against unwarranted search of devices at the international border and other points has been raised.
American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, and Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF, have requested the Supreme Court to consider a challenge to Department of Homeland Security policies which allows for warrant- and suspicion-free search at the airport and other entry points.
The two groups said that an appeals court made an error overturning a ruling that the search were not constitutional, and that the Supreme Court has to interfere to guide travelers’ 4th Amendment rights.
The lawsuit, which, on behalf of passengers whose devices( mobile phones and laptops) were searched with no warrants or even any form of allegation of wrongdoing, was initially filed in September 2017.
Concerns were raised over the fact that border agents engage in searching for reasons outside criminal motive, like collecting information about a business partner or source of journalist’s story .
Although, how the Supreme Court will react to the petition is not ascertained, if the ACLU and EFF win the case, they are hoping to mandate Homeland Security to , to the least, minimize their searches to instances where there are reasonable suspicion, if warrants are not needed based on probable cause.
Officers would have limited access to personal info, however, one could travel with a rest of mind that ones sensitive data is protected against sudden inspections.