Homeland Security Border Agents Can Seize Your Phone

Slashdot reader v3rgEz writes: A Wall Street Journal reporter has shared her experienced of having her phones forcefully taken at the border — and how the Department of Homeland Security insists that your right to privacy does not exist when re-entering the United States. Indeed, she’s not alone: Documents previously released under FOIA show that the DHS has a long-standing policy of warrantless (and even motiveless) seizures at the border, essentially removing any traveler’s right to privacy.

“The female officer returned 30 minutes later and said I was free to go,” according to the Journal’s reporter, adding. “I have no idea why they wanted my phones…”


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