Customs agents at United States airports often ask travelers from outside the country to hand over their phone. Agents can ask for the password, and, from there, snoop through whatever they want.
There were reports of agents confiscating international travelers’ phones after President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries caused chaos last weekend, leaving many wondering about their rights.
Travelers can refuse to hand over their phones, but immigration lawyers say that’s not going to help them get into the country.
Some will argue that if a traveler has nothing to hide, then handing over a phone shouldn’t be a problem. But this is demonstrably false. Plus, the issue shines yet another spotlight on the privacy vs. safety debate. Read more…