Border Agents Are Searching Through More Travelers' Devices Than Ever

Customs and Border Protection released fresh guidelines on Friday detailing how and when border officials can examine information on electronic devices of travelers entering and leaving the country.

The new directive keeps intact most of the broad authorities given to federal officials at the border while putting some limits on how extensively they can search personal electronic devices. CBP dug through the electronic devices of 30,200 people entering and leaving the country in fiscal 2017, up from 19,051 the previous year.

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