Thursday, September 9, 2010

Montreal Student Sues U.S. for Border Searches

(The Associated Press via CBC News)

Lawyers, photographers in lawsuit to stop searches without cause

Civil rights lawyers cited the case of a Montreal student Tuesday as they sued the U.S. government to try to stop authorities from examining the laptops, cellphones and cameras of international travellers without probable cause.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn against the Department of Homeland Security, as well as U.S. customs and immigration authorities.

In May, a graduate student in Islamic studies at McGill University in Montreal was detained for several hours as his electronic devices were searched, the suit says. The encounter badly frightened the student, according to the suit. Read more here.

ACLU files suit against suspicionless laptop searches at U.S. borders - Fierce Government
Privacy watchdogs challenge laptop seizures at US orders - Register
Group sues Department of Homeland Security to stop laptop searches
- InfoWorld
New lawsuit to challenge laptop searches at US border
- Washington Post