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*** The number of electronic devices owned by Americans that are searched and seized at the border has exploded in recent years. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act to require Customs and Border Patrol agents to get a warrant before searching the phone or digital device of an American citizen crossing the border.

"The border is quickly becoming a rights-free zone for Americans who travel," said Wyden in a statement. "The government shouldn’t be able to review your whole digital life simply because you went on vacation, or had to travel for work."

*** DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act of 2019, recently passed by the House Homeland Security Committee, would cost less than $500,000 to implement over five years, according to a score from the Congressional Budget Office. The bill, which has a Senate companion, codifies existing incident response teams under the control of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center at the Department of Homeland Security. The teams currently provide expertise to federal and private-sector entities who have experienced hacks or other malicious activity on their networks.

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 2:05 AM


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