Last Tuesday, a federal court in Boston ruled that suspicion-free, warrantless searches of travelers' electronic devices at US border entry points are unconstitutional. The decision comes out of a lawsuit – Alasaad v. McAleenan – filed against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2017 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the EFF on behalf of 11 travelers: 10 legal residents of the US and one lawful permanent resident, all of whom were forced into warrantless searches of their mobile phones and laptops at the border.
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