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Debate Over Laptop Seizures Heats Up

January 4, 2008

The question as to whether border agents and investigators have the right to snoop through travelers' laptops as they enter the United States is stirring up even more controversy...

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives disagrees. It filed an amicus brief in the case this week.

"Over the past several years, U.S. customs agents have been searching and even seizing travelers' laptops when they are entering or leaving the country if the traveler fits a profile, appears on a government watch list, or is chosen for a random inspection," the group said in a joint statement with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "The Supreme Court has ruled that customs and border agents may perform routine searches at the border without a warrant or even reasonable suspicion, but EFF and ACTE argue that inspections of computers are far more invasive than flipping through a briefcase."

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