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Senator Questions Border Electronics Searches

Law360, New York (February 21, 2017, 8:51 PM EST) -- A U.S. senator on Monday questioned the government’s authority to collect information from people detained at U.S. borders in response to media reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers may be asking for cell phone passcodes and social media handles.

In the letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asks what legal authority CBP agents have to demand personal online information, and it seeks data on how often the government has made the requests.

“These digital dragnet...
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