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DHS Releases Disappointing Civil Liberties Report on Border Searches of Laptops etc | 287 comments | Create New Account
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Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 05 2013 @ 08:48 PM EDT

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DHS Releases Disappointing Civil Liberties Report on Border Searches of Laptops etc
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 05 2013 @ 10:55 PM EDT
In response to an ACLU Freedom of Information Act request, the Department of Homeland Security has at long last released its December 2011 Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Impact Assessment of its policy of conducting suspicionless searches of electronic devices at the border.

Because of the sensitive, personal nature of the records we all carry with us on our laptops and phones, both the First and Fourth Amendments prohibit the government from searching these devices at the border, absent reasonable suspicion that a search will turn up evidence of wrongdoing.

Disappointingly, the DHS Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Office disagrees. While its constitutional analysis is largely redacted (it's unclear why), the report does explain why such a policy is, in the office's view, "inadvisable."

This is striking because it is the first time, as far as we know, that the government has explained why purely suspicionless searches supposedly enhance security:

Brian Hauss, ACLU

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First Wikileaks, Now The Guardian n/t
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, June 06 2013 @ 06:50 PM EDT
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