Border Smartphone Searches Need A Warrant, 4th Circ. Told

By Bryan Koenig (March 22, 2017, 1:44 PM EDT) -- The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other advocacy groups have urged the Fourth Circuit to side with a man convicted of illegally smuggling firearms parts out of the country, a conviction based in part on a border search of his smartphone without a warrant.

Hamza Kolsuz's iPhone 6 Plus should not have been subjected to a monthlong search without a warrant, the groups said in three separate amicus briefs on Monday. A Virginia federal judge should have suppressed evidence gleaned from the phone, the groups said, arguing that U.S. Customs and Border Protection's warrantless search authority at...

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