US Customs & Border Protection Updates Procedures for Searching Electronic Devices

US Customs & Border Protection Updates Procedures for Searching Electronic Devices

Last week, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published new guidelines which detailed the updated procedures for inspection of electronic devices at US borders.

The CBP, which is part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), explained the difference between Basic Search and Advanced Search in their 12-page set of rules and 22-page privacy assessment. When conducting a Basic Search, CBP agents can choose a traveler, with or without suspicion, and examine the data on his device accessible via the operating system or installed apps.

A CBP agent who wants to perform an Advanced Search should prove a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity or a “national security concern”, after which they may “review, copy, and/or analyze” the user’s data using an external system.

Source: Bleeping Computer

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