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Border Agents Can Search Your Cellphone

Did you know that Customs and Border Protection (CBT) agents, on several occasions, have forced U.S. citizens for forfeit their cell phone passwords for searches? Well, 25 cases have been reported, and the vast majority involved Muslims.

One of these searches took place in Buffalo, N.Y. A couple was coming back from a trip in Canada when they were purportedly detained for about two hours. The CBT forced the individuals to disclose their passwords to their phones so they could be searched.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, 5,000 devices were searched in the month of February. From 2015 to 2016, the amount of devices searched raised from 15,000 to 25,000. John Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, stated that some individuals entering the United States may need to disclose their social media passwords for security procedures as well.

What do you think about these regulations? Do you think the search and seizure of cellphone violates our rights?


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