Current law authorizes U.S. agents at the border to search and seize cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices, even when their owners have done nothing wrong. Despite how much private information these devices carry, the government claims it can do this because travelers have few to no constitutional protections at the border.
This is wrong. The U.S. Constitution protects property owners’ right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. When it comes to electronic devices, that means the government should not get a blank check to violate your property and privacy just because you decided to travel across the border.
Help us protect all Americans’ rights. If American officials searched and/or seized your cell phone, laptop, or other electronic device at the U.S. – Canada border, contact the Institute for Justice. We may be able to help.
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