A federal judge today upheld a President Barack Obama administration policy allowing U.S. officials along the U.S. border to seize and search laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices for any reason.
This is a very interesting case which brings up a lot of interesting questions:
- When does technology sufficiently constitute our “person” such that we must be legally secure in it, in order to have a functioning democracy of citizens?
- To what extent should citizens be required to trust the government to only enforce laws “reasonably”?
- To what extent should government be required to trust citizens to be acting reasonably, without suspicion otherwise? Or to what extent should the government act to find reasonable suspicion?