US Border Patrol isn’t allowed to search travelers’ data stored in the cloud

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When searching travelers’ mobile phones at the border, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers do not have the authority to rifle through data stored solely on remote servers (“in the cloud”). The official confirmation has been offered in a letter penned by Kevin McAleenan, CBP’s acting commissioner, as a response to Senator Ron Wyden’s inquiry earlier this year, in which he asked for details about what kind of access to information the CBP can and cannot demand of travelers.

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