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H.R. 1899 (115th): Protecting Data at the Border Act

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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.

The context

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 ...

Sponsor and status

Jared Polis

Sponsor. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 4, 2017
Length: 22 pages
Introduced
Apr 4, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 4, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

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History

Apr 4, 2017
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 1899 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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