New Department of Homeland Security laptop search policy: crap sandwich, fancier bread

The DHS has issued formal rules to govern how Immigration and Customs authorities handle the seizure of electronic devices and records. The upshot is that agents can still keep your hardware for at least five days before anyone has to decide whether it's reasonable to continue.

Although the US has extensive legal protections for personal property and information, these only apply once you're actually inside the country. As part of its role in protecting the nation's borders, the US government has extensive leeway to search personal possessions with little in the way of what might be considered just cause.

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