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Air travelers from the seven “banned” countries could face a new invasion of their rights to privacy as well as travel: NASA scientist Sidd Bikkannavar, born in the US, had his NASA/JPL-issued electronic device impounded by US Customs and Border Patrol upon returning to the US from South America. They demanded his passwords so they could search his device. It’s still not clear why he was selected for additional inspection/detention, as Bikkannavar is someone who registered for the frequent traveler Global Entry program to facilitate international travel with pre-screening. It’s also not clear why CBP is acting as if it has the absolute right to search social media profiles, emails, and other data stored on a cell phone or other device, since the law in this area still favors the individual’s privacy rights despite our new authoritarian administration.
From the Verge piece:
More importantly, travelers are not legally required to unlock their devices, although agents can detain them for significant periods of time if they do not. “In each incident that I’ve seen, the subjects have been shown a Blue Paper that says CBP has legal authority to search phones at the border, which gives them the impression that they’re obligated to unlock the phone, which isn’t true,” Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of CAIR Florida, told The Verge. “They’re not obligated to unlock the phone.”