WARRANTLESS SEARCH OF A LAPTOP AT U.S. BORDER PERMITTED UNDER THE BORDER SEARCH DOCTRINE

A United States Court of Appeals ruled that border police may conduct a random search and analysis of a laptop without a search warrant or probable cause; these searches are permissible under the "border search doctrine."

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

On what basis was the forensic analysis of Romm's laptop permissible without probable cause or a warrant?
What were Romm’s arguments against the border search doctrine?
Why did the Court reject the argument that there must be reasonable suspicion to conduct a border search?

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