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Associated Press: Lawsuit Targets Searches of Electronic Devices at U.S. Border


The Associated Press reports that a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the U.S. government’s growing practice of searching laptops and cellphones at the border is unconstitutional because electronic devices now carry troves of private personal and business information. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, and requires law enforcement to secure warrants based on probable cause. Courts, however, have made an exception for searches at U.S. ports of entry and airports, ruling that the government can conduct warrantless border searches to enforce immigration and customs laws and protect national security.

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