14 Jul US Customs Say Border Agents Cannot Look at Personal Cloud Data
USA – In a memo to Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, the US Customs and Border Protection said that while their agents have been given the authority to search electronic devices, it does not extend to information stored on the cloud.
CBP’s border search policy allows their officers to “detain” gadgets even without a warrant. However, owners are not required to give their passwords or unlock their phones.
In the memo, CBP’s acting commissioner Kevin McAleenan explained that the agency has to include the inspection of electronic devices for information that may be a threat to national security.
Wyden and other US lawmakers have already expressed their concern over this search, saying that the constitutional rights of Americans should not “disappear at the border”.