DHS: A Hunch is Enough for Searching your Laptop
The Homeland Security Department is defending its policy of relying on a hunch to search laptops and copy digital files at the border.
Civil rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union say that federal officials at the border should have reasonable suspicion before opening a person’s electronic devices.
But in an internal study, the Homeland Security Department says that allowing border and immigration officers to act on a hunch is oftentimes the best way to protect national security.
The government report, obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act, says that the higher standard sought by civil rights groups would make it harder to detect terrorists and child pornographers and could lead to lawsuits.