Warrant-less Laptop Seizures Questioned

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According to an article on Salon.com, the American Civil Liberties Union says thousands of people have been subjected to electronic device searches at the U.S. border, all without a search warrant. The article also includes an eight minute audio interview with California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who has introduced H.R. 216 to make rules about such searches of personal computers and electronic devices. As the Salon post points out:

“Seizing someone’s laptop, digging through it, recording it all, storing the data somewhere, and then distributing it to various agencies is about the most invasive, privacy-destroying measure imaginable. A laptop and its equivalents reveal whom you talk to, what you say, what you read, what you write, what you view, what you think, and virtually everything else about your life.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.