Economy

USA government sued by 11 pissed-off travelers over computer searches

USA government sued by 11 pissed-off travelers over computer searches”

According to EFF's staff attorney Sophia Cope, electronic devices are nowadays the most sensitive centers of information and personal data storage, where people save "their whole lives, including extremely sensitive personal and business matters", which is the reason why they always carry them while traveling.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed the suit in a Boston, Massachusetts U.S. District Court on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens and one permanent resident. "The privacy interests in a smartphone are significantly greater than the privacy interests in a piece of luggage".

The number of such searches has dramatically increased in recent years: Customs and Border Protection conducted almost 15,000 such searches in the first half of fiscal 2017, compared to 19,033 in all of 2016 and just 8,503 in 2015, the groups say. From last October to the end of March, they affected fewer than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the 189.6 million global travelers who arrived in the United States. According to the organization, this demand "challenges the government's fast-growing practice of searching travelers' electronic devices without a warrant".

"The government can not use the border as a dragnet to search through our private data", said ACLU attorney Esha Bhandari. Top officials at the Department of Homeland Security and two of its units - Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement - are named in the suit.

DHS officials have asserted that USA citizens and everyone else are subject to examination and search by customs officials, unless exempted by diplomatic status.

A Nasa engineer and a retired US Air Force officer are just two of 11 people at the heart of a new lawsuit filed against the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), accusing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents of "unconstitutionally" seizing devices.

The lawsuit has 11 plaintiffs - 10 are US citizens and the other is a permanent USA resident - including a US military veteran, a NASA engineer and journalists. "That chilling effect will be especially significant for racial and religious minorities and for journalists and lawyers whose work requires them to keep information confidential". Ten of the 11 are USA citizens with the outlier being a permanent resident. On his return to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport from a business trip in January, a border control kiosk printed a piece of paper with a black "X" across it rather than an entry document when he tried to cross the border, he said. It included details of his personal life, including photos of his five children and his wife, also a Muslim, without the hijab head covering she ordinarily wears when appearing in public. The government has still not returned his personal phone after more than seven months, he said. Four others had their devices seized. Border officers often use that environment, along with the threat of confiscating devices, to compel travelers to unlock devices or disclose passwords, the suit says.

"You are left in the dark with no answers", Allababidi said. "No government should go through our private stuff unless they have a warrant".

In this new lawsuit, the ACLU and EFF have provided examples of the impact the border search approach has had on law-abiding Americans. The ACLU/EFF's position is that the government must have a warrant - which itself requires a justification of "probable cause" that the individual is violating border laws - before any device can be searched.



Like this

Latest


14 September 2017
Future and Cher Sing a Duet in New Gap Ad
In the 30-second clip, Cher and Future duet to the tune of Sly & the Family Stone's 1969 hit " Everyday People " while showcasing their personal style.

14 September 2017
The Finish Line, Inc. (FINL) - Susquehanna Upgrades Rating Raises Price Target
When a stock traded on high volume then is it is good time for active Investors to attain the opportunity of this situation. North Star Inv Mngmt invested in 149,375 shares. 28,696 were reported by Renaissance Tech Limited Liability Corporation.

14 September 2017
Man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' arrested after attacking passers-by in Toulouse, France
He burst into tears after he was wrestled to the ground, handcuffed and placed on to a stretcher for transport to a hospital. According to the Daily Mail , the unidentified man, 42, stuck officers before they subdued and arrested him.

14 September 2017
Marines injured in training accident at Camp Pendleton
Conditions of the injured Marines were not immediately available. The accident is under investigation, officials said. They can carry up to 28 Marines at a time.

14 September 2017
Customs Officers Arrested After Sexually Assaulting Coworkers At Airport
Papagni, 32, of West Orange, New Jersey have been charged for their part in an airport brawl with other DHS security employees. Moments later, the lights in the office were shut and Catota and Papagni grabbed the arms and legs of "Victim One".

14 September 2017
Pay thaw! Theresa May lifts 1% public sector cap
The government has today confirmed that it will lift the 1% public sector pay cap for rank and file police officers in 2017-2018. The Home Office said the 1 per cent bonus for police officers would cost police forces £30 million.

14 September 2017
Stoke 2 Manchester United 2
Mourinho's side head to the Britannia Stadium on the back of three straight wins, scoring 10 goals without conceding. The opener saw David de Gea beaten for the first time in the league this season.

14 September 2017
Settlement Reached in Bananas "Selfie Monkey" Lawsuit
Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the case and throw out a lower-court decision that said animals can not own copyrights. Perhaps it's for the best that " selfie rat ", yet another famous animal photographer, turned out to be a hoax .

13 September 2017
Jason Day replaces 'father figure' caddie Swatton
According to Ben Everill from PGATour.com, Swatton will continue as Day's coach. As you can see, Day isn't the only player with a substituted caddie this week.

13 September 2017
Rocket League's Autumn Update Rolls Around On September 28th, Adds Farmstead Arena
Independent video game developer and publisher, Psyonix , announced today the Autumn Update launching on September 28. First, is a brand new "Party" System that PC players can help test during beta periods after the update goes live.



Recommended