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Report: Limit searches of electronic devices

Report: Limit searches of electronic devices

A new report is arguing that travelers carry so much personal information on laptops, computer disks and smartphones that routine searches of the devices at U.S. borders are now too intrusive.
The report released Wednesday by a bipartisan legal think tank, The Constitution Project, recommends that the Homeland Security Department discontinue its policy of searching electronic devices unless agents have a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.
The report says that from late 2008 to mid-2010, more than 6,500 people _ almost half of them U.S. citizens _ had their electronic devices searched upon crossing the border.
Among the co-authors of the report is a former Republican congressman, Asa Hutchinson, who was undersecretary for border security at the Homeland Security Department during the George W. Bush administration.