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CBP issues new directive on border search of electronic devices

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 4, 2018

    CBP directive provides guidance for searching, reviewing, retaining, and sharing information contained in electronic devices. It distinguishes between "basic" and "advanced" searches. An advanced search, permitted if CBP has reasonable suspicion of unlawful activity or national security concerns, allows review, copying and analyzing content. [ID #292]

    Border Search of Electronic Devices
  2. Effective Date

    January 4, 2018

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Border
Agencies Affected: CBP

Associated or Derivative Policies

Pre Trump-Era Policies


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