Judge rules border DHS needs reasons to search travelers' phones

The government does need to have a reasonable suspicion of illegal activity before it can search or seize Americans’ electronic devices at U.S. ports and border crossings, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, delivering a significant victory to civil liberties advocates.


Homeland Security’s immigration agencies had previously asserted an unfettered right to peek at travelers’ devices, but Judge Denise J. Casper, an Obama appointee, said that violates the Constitution’s privacy...