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The Government Can Search Your Bags AND Your Digital Files When You Cross The US Border
February 12, 2013
People were upset when the TSA brought full-body scanners to airports, but now the government says it can turn on your computer and look through your files when you cross the U.S. border, Ars Technica reports.
Border patrol agents can search travellers’ laptops without a warrant or even reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, the Department of Homeland Security revealed last week in an executive summary of an internal report on the issue.
The Fourth Amendment usually forbids authorities from searching someone or their belongings without a warrant or a reasonable suspicion. But courts have long said the Fourth Amendment doesn’t apply along the border.
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