The 9th Circuit ruled Monday that border control agents who found child porn on a traveler's laptop didn't violate the man's right to be free from unreasonable searches. "We are satisfied that reasonable suspicion is not needed for customs officials to search a laptop or other personal electronic storage devices at the border," Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain wrote. The ruling appears to be the second upholding computer searches by border guards. The first was handed down by the 4th Circuit in 2005.
9th Circuit OKs Border Guards' Search of Traveler's Laptop
April 22, 2008