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"The border is technically outside of U.S. jurisdiction, in a sort of legal no-man’s-land. You have very few rights there. Barring the use of “excessive force,” agents can do whatever they want to you."

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  • brian

    brian 5 months, 1 week ago

    This is an interesting article and makes a great case for having a spare burner around. Tough to not bring a laptop abroad though.

    I should add that I read a separate article about this and one thing to keep in mind is that if you are a US citizen, the US border patrol cannot stop you from re-entering the country. They can only delay your entry, regardless of whether you provide your passwords or not.

    This is something that the supreme court needs to weigh in on, because clearly accessing files on computers and phones is different than searching your luggage, but they are currently treated the same.