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Report: Electronic Device Searches Need Probable Cause

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY

May 20, 2011

On Wednesday, a think tank released a report recommending that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) use probable cause before searching electronic devices at its borders, The Globe and Mail reports. "Technology is developing so much more quickly, and the law needs to catch up," one expert said. By carrying electronic devices, travellers "are unknowingly subjecting volumes of personal information to involuntary search and review by federal law enforcement authorities," the report said, and the "problem is compounded" because the devices often contain "personal and business-related information."
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