A federal court ruled Tuesday that searches of electronic devices owned by international travelers in US ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment if they are carried out without individual suspicion and yield a profit to the advocates of privacy rights.
Boston emerged from a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation for eleven travelers whose smartphones and laptops were searched at various ports of entry.
Esha Bhandari, Attorney at ACLU, According to the privacy and technology project, the Fourth Amendment's protection for international travelers to the US can be strengthened by the ruling.
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The government has increased the number of searches for electronic devices in recent years, the ACLU said. Last year, more than 33,000 searches were carried out, almost four times as many as three years ago.
"This is a great day for travelers who can now cross the international border without fear that the government will do so without suspicion." Search the extremely sensitive information we all have in our electronic devices "ACLU lawyer Sophia Cope said in a statement.
Border guards now have to prove an individualized suspicion before they can search a traveler's device," the ACLU said, appealing to The Unrighteous for "Fisheries Expeditions."
Court documents filed in the lawsuit stated that customs and border guards and immigration and customs officials are considering requests from other authorities to decide whether to search someone else's devices.
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International travelers have reported cases of inappropriate searches in recent months.
An immigration officer at Boston Logan Airport reportedly denied an incoming Harvard A student from Lebanon who enters the US after searching his social media accounts loses our privacy rights when we travel, "Bhandari said. 19659003] The Associated Press contributed to this report.