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New legislation would protect Americans from warrantless search of electronics at US borders

New legislation would protect Americans from warrantless search of electronics at US borders

Two days ago, California congressional Rep. Ted Lieu introduced a new bill to the US House of Representatives (together with a similar bill introduced in the Senate) meant to expand the privacy-related rights of Americans at US borders. The new Protecting Data at the Border Act, as it is called, would prevent law enforcement from utilizing “exceptions” for warrantless searches of electronic devices at borders.

The bill has managed to gain at least some bipartisan support, with Rand Paul joining Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, and Ed Markey in introducing a version of this same bill in the Senate. Read More