13 Dec US Border Agents Fail to Delete Data from Searches, New Report Says
Earlier this week, a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) said that CBP agents have not been following proper procedures with regards to searches of USB thumb drives for the past two years.
Published on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website, the report said that the data the CBP copy from storage devices during warrantless searches have not been deleted.
The OIG says that the fault lies with the CBP’s Office of Field Operations (OFO), the management division responsible for writing CBP manuals and carrying out training sessions. OIG officials added that not only has the OFO failed to lay out proper rules in the handling of USB thumb drives, but with a number of other procedures as well.