About the bill
If you travel outside the U.S. and re-enter, customs officers have the legal right to go through the contents of your smartphone or laptop computer, order you to reveal your passwords, and download contents. New legislation would prevent that.
Warrantless seizure and examination of electronic devices by law enforcement, for both citizens and non-citizens, is almost never allowed in the U.S. absent extenuating or extreme circumstances. That’s because of the 2014 Supreme Court decision Riley v. California, which unanimously held that non-emergency warrantless searches of digital devices such as a cellphone or laptop violated the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.
However, customs officials at the border or airports have enjoyed immunity from this warrant requirement, in the name of national security, since the very first Congress passed a law …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Apr 4, 2017
Length: 22 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced on April 4, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
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24 Cosponsors (23 Democrats, 1 Republican)
Apr 4, 2017
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H.R. 1899 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1899. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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