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S. 823: Protecting Data at the Border Act

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

Ron Wyden

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 4, 2017
Length: 22 pages
Introduced:

Apr 4, 2017

Status:

Introduced on Apr 4, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 4, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Prognosis:

7% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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.

Pending
 
Ordered Reported

Pending
 
Passed Senate (House next)

Pending
 
Passed House

Pending
 
Signed by the President

S. 823 is 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.

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