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U.S. Border Agents Can’t Randomly Search Phones, Judge Rules

  • Number of warantless searches of phones has spiked recently
  • The ACLU says searching phones isn’t like searching suitcases
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A federal judge rejected a Trump administration policy allowing agents at U.S. border crossings and airports to arbitrarily search the smartphones and laptops of international travelers.

The long-standing exception to U.S. law that allows agents to search travelers’ belongings without a warrant “is not limitless and must still be reasonable,” U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper ruled Tuesday in Boston.