Lawsuit Challenging Laptop Searches at US Border Is Dismissed by Federal Judge

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 3:57 pm

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the constitutionality of suspicionless searches and seizures of laptops and other electronics at the United States/Canadian border.

The ACLU claimed, “While traveling home to New York on an Amtrak train in May 2010, Pascal Abidor, an Islamic Studies Ph.D. student, was questioned, handcuffed, taken off the train and kept in a holding cell for several hours before being released without charge. When his laptop was returned 11 days later, there was evidence that many of his personal files, including research, photos, and chats with his girlfriend, had been searched.”

 

Court Rules Forensic Examination of Electronics in Border Searches Requires ‘Reasonable Suspicion’

By: Friday March 8, 2013 5:02 pm

A United States federal appeals court has ruled suspicionless searches do not violate the Fourth Amendment but border patrol agents do need “reasonable suspicion” in order to conduct forensic examinations of a person’s devices.

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