Obama’s Big SIS Gets Booted Out OF Your Laptop


The court said that the  government is allowed to perform  an inspection at the  border and to look  at computers and cameras, but  said to go deeper would raise  major  questions about government  snooping.

Why so, what’s going on now? It’s The Ninth Circus Court. The Full 9th Circuit Court! WOW!

Big SIS gets slapped:

A federal appeals court on Friday said the Border Patrol cannot   confiscate  or download every laptop or electronic device brought into   the U.S., ruling  that people have an expectation their data are private   and that the government  must have “reasonable suspicion” before it starts to do any intensive  snooping.

In  a broad ruling, the court also said merely putting password  protection   on information is not enough to trigger the government’s  “reasonable   suspicion” to conduct a more intrusive search — but can be  taken into  account  along with other factors.

The 9th U.S.  Circuit Court of Appeals judges said it was a  “watershed care”  that gets  at what kinds of limits the government must  observe when it comes to  technology and privacy.

“Electronic devices  often retain sensitive and confidential  information far  beyond the  perceived point of erasure, notably in the  form of browsing  histories  and records of deleted files,” Judge M.  Margaret McKeown wrote in  the  majority opinion. “This quality makes it  impractical, if not impossible,   for individuals to make meaningful  decisions regarding what digital  content to  expose to the scrutiny that  accompanies international travel.  A person’s  digital life ought not be  hijacked simply by crossing a  border.”

The ruling says that Americans who  carry laptops or other  electronic  devices when they go out in public  have some expectation  that that information  is not open to a search if  they made an effort to  protect it.

Privacy  advocates cheered the decision, saying that the government  had   previously believed it had the right to copy all electronic data  of  anyone  crossing into the U.S.

“But in today’s  watershed ruling, the court drew a line in the  sand and  recognized that  the vast amount of personal information and  sensitive data on  laptops,  cell phones, and other electronic devices is  worthy of Fourth  Amendment  protection,” said Michael Price, a lawyer  for the Brennan Center for  Justice.

The ruling, by the entire 9th Circuit, overturns a previous decision by a  three-judge panel of the court.

In  most cases, the government needs probable cause to conduct a  search.   Reasonable suspicion is a lower standard. But the Obama  administration  had  argued it didn’t need any reason to search.


3 Responses to Obama’s Big SIS Gets Booted Out OF Your Laptop

  1. upaces88 says:

    I’ll be darned…a Judge he didn’t pay off.

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