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No, You Can’t Search My Laptop

While the Fourth Amendment, and subsequent high Court rulings, allow law enforcement certain rights to search, no one ever anticipated the case of laptop computers. Tens of thousands of people, carrying personal and confidential business information, pass through Customs daily and are subject to having their laptops searched. What triggers a search and what do customs officials do with the recovered data? No one really knows. But it’s important enough that the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings