Border Patrol Says It’s Barred From Searching Cloud Data on Phones – NBC News

Border Patrol Says It's Barred From Searching Cloud Data on Phones - NBC News

Border Patrol Says It’s Barred From Searching Cloud Data on Phones – NBC News

U.S. border officers aren’t allowed to look at any data stored only in the ”cloud” — including social media data — when they search U.S. travelers’ phones, Customs and Border Protection acknowledged in a letter obtained Wednesday by NBC News.The letter (PDF), sent in response to inquiries by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and verified by Wyden’s office, not only states that CBP doesn’t search data stored only with remote cloud services, but also — apparently for the first time — declares that it doesn’t have that authority in the first place.In April, Wyden and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduced legislation to make it illegal for border officers to search or seize cellphones without probable cause. Privacy advocates and former Homeland Security lawyers have said they are alarmed by how many phones are being searched.

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