Why Is the Government Searching Cellphones?

Katie Fallow
March 28, 2017

An engineer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A Wall Street Journal reporter and a French-American photojournalist. An independent filmmaker. An electronics salesman.

These are some of the many American citizens re-entering the country who have been subjected to searches of their cellphones and questioning about their social media.

Such invasions of travelers' private communications are extremely intrusive and have been conducted even when officials don't apparently have reason to think the person has done something wrong. And the government has lately increased the practice dramatically — even though recent legal decisions raise serious questions about its constitutionality.

Continue reading Katie Fallow's op-ed at CNN.com.

Read about the Institute's lawsuit for records relating to searches of devices at the border, here.