Letter to Members: Border Searches of Electronic Materials (2008)

The AAUP sent a mailing to all members and other faculty on October 14, 2008, detailing its concerns over Department of Homeland Security policies re: searching the materials of travelers at the border.  Whereas internal regulations once required reasonable suspicion, these policies have been relaxed in recent year so that no justification need be given for an intrusive search into laptops, cell phones, and other devices. Furthermore, electronic materials may be copied, kept, and disseminated to other agencies and entities if CBP deems it necessary. The AAUP believes that stricter standards for reasonable suspicion must be applied and upheld, and that more information should be given to the public about safeguards to protect their information