Court Raises Bar on Searches at the Border

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Saturday/Sunday, March 9-10, 2013

Court Raises Bar on Searches at the Border, by Joe Palozzolo

“A federal appeals court set a higher bar Friday for the U.S. border officials who want to search the laptops or iPads of people crossing into the country. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco…ruled that border authorities must show a ‘reasonable suspicion’ of wrongdoing before digging into electronic devices.

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. But courts have fashioned an exception at the border, giving agents broad latitude to search devices, in keeping with their duty to control what enters the country.”

 To set a higher bar is a term from track where the bar is set higher  to make the event more difficult for the runners or jumpers.”



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