Appeals Court: Border Searches of Cell Phones Require ‘Reasonable Suspicion’

A federal appeals court has ruled that U.S. border officials may not conduct a forensic search of a mobile device without a “reasonable suspicion” that the device contains evidence of a crime. The court’s decision followed Riley v. California, a 2014 Supreme Court case holding…

Fourth Circuit Rules That Suspicionless Forensic Searches of Electronic Devices at the Border Are Unconstitutional

In a victory for privacy rights at the border, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today ruled that forensic searches of electronic devices carried out by border agents without any suspicion that the traveler has committed a crime violate the U.S. Constitution….

Australian Woman Charged for Fentanyl Importation

According to a press release published jointly by the Australian Border Force and Australian Federal Police, a Brisbane woman appeared in Brisbane Magistrate’s Court on April 13 for drug trafficking and importation related offenses. Late last year, the press release revealed, the Australian Border Force…

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Has New Opportunity to Protect Device Privacy at the Border

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has a new opportunity to strengthen personal privacy at the border. When courts recognize and strengthen our Fourth Amendment rights against warrantless, suspicionless searches of our electronic devices at the border, it’s an important check on the…

Russia accused of Winter Olympics cyber attacks – and framing North Korea

…  Korea is routinely targeted by cyber attackers based north of the border … ; US officials claimed that the hackers are based at Russia… as the launch pad for cyber attacks on Western targets as well … was linked to the NotPetya cyber attack,…

Customs and Border Protection’s Biometric Data Snooping Goes Too Far

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Privacy Office, and Office of Field Operations recently invited privacy stakeholders—including EFF and the ACLU of Northern California—to participate in a briefing and update on how the CBP is implementing its Biometric Entry/Exit…

EPIC – EPIC FOIA- EPIC Obtains DHS Secretary Interview Doc on Border Security

border drones foia surveillance EPIC FOIA- EPIC Obtains DHS Secretary Interview Doc on Border Security Through a Freedom of Information Act request, EPIC has obtained former Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly’s notes for an interview with NPR about border security. The notes include talking…