U.S. Border Agents Are Now Searching Digital Devices: What Are Your Rights?
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travellers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports.
A man holds up his iPhone during a rally in support of data privacy outside the Apple store in San Francisco. (AP/Eric Risberg)
Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports.
The issue gained attention recently after at least three travellers, including a Canadian journalist, spoke out publicly about their experiences.
The episodes have gained notice amid an outcry over President Donald Trump’s travel ban and complaints of mistreatment of foreign travellers, but the government insists there has been no policy change in the new administration.
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