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Groups Sue Government over Laptop Searches

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 8, 2010

The American Civil Liberties Union, criminal defense lawyers, photographers and a university student have filed a lawsuit challenging the policy permitting officers at U.S. borders to detain travelers' laptop computers to search their contents without suspicion of wrongdoing, The Washington Post reports. The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, alleges the searches violate privacy and freedom of speech and asks that they require a warrant. The Bush-era search policies were updated with Department of Homeland Security revisions under the Obama administration last year to increase information available to travelers about the searches and set time limits. Some say those changes didn't go far enough. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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