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Federal judge upholds the government’s right to search electronics at the border


A US judge has declared that the government can still search and confiscate your electronic devices when you cross the border — dismissing a lawsuit against the policy largely on the grounds that such searches are rare occurrences. In a ruling released on Tuesday, a judge out of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York declared that the lawsuit plaintiffs didnt have grounds for their case. There is not a substantial risk that their electronic devices will be subject to a search or seizure without reasonable suspicion, he noted. And even if the lawsuit had moved forward, the judge added that the government doesnt need reasonable suspicion to confiscate or search devices like laptops or cellphones.

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