Rights Have Limits at the Border
TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—CANADA & U.S.February 22, 2013
Kashmir Hill writes for Forbes about the ability of U.S. customs officials to search digital devices—including looking through e-mails and social media posts. Using the experience of a Canadian actor, Hill explores what an American Civil Liberties Union attorney calls border crossers’ “limited ability to say no,” adding, “You can say no but there are consequences. They might not let you in. They might detain you for 25 hours while they get a warrant. Or they might just seize your property.” The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s privacy head has recently voiced support of warrantless searches of digital devices at the border, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation is pushing for a warrant requirement, the report states.