In early January 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced an updated policy for searching electronic devices at U.S. borders. The new directive supersedes a previous directive that was released in August 2009.

Under the policy, CBP agents—with or without suspicion—may conduct a “basic search” of electronic devices encountered at the border, including smartphones and tablets, by examining such devices and analyzing information visible on them. In contrast, CBP agents need to have “reasonable suspicion” or a “national security concern” to carry out an “advanced search,” that is, any search in which an agent connects external equipment, through a wired or wireless connection, to an electronic device in order to review, copy, or analyze its contents.Continue Reading New Policy for Device Searches at Borders Issued by CBP