In an exciting twist of events, the 4th Amendment has been partially restored to travelers. For a number of years, ICE and CBP were able to conduct searches without a warrant or suspicion. At least now, they must have “reasonable suspicion” and that’s the road towards the checks and balances of the courts for our invasions of privacy while travelling. Without standards, we become no better than totalitarian countries.
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that U.S. border agents need “reasonable suspicion” but not a warrant to search travelers’ smartphones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry, a practice that has been growing in recent years.