A pair of senators has introduced a bill designed to protect the privacy of travelers crossing the border, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reports. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., have proposed a rule creating two separate categories of searches when border agents examine electronic devices. A manual search would have border agents investigate a device without using software or a password. Forensic searches would require a probable-cause warrant before using any tools to access the device. If border agents do not receive a probable cause warrant within 48 hours, the device would have to be returned to the traveler “immediately.”
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