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Student's Lawsuit Contests Border Policies

PRIVACY LAW

April 13, 2012

A U.S. federal judge has yet to rule on the request for dismissal of a case involving a McGill University student who was detained at the U.S. border and had personal belongings--including his laptop--searched, The Canadian Press reports. The suit was filed on behalf of Pascal Abidor in 2010 by groups including the American Civil Liberties Union. Abidor's laptop was confiscated during the search, and when it "was returned 11 days later, there was evidence that many of his personal files...had been opened," the report states. A U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokesman has said the department "has been transparent" about such searches and they are used on a limited basis.
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