Hey! Remember the 4th amendment? Turns out that’s still a thing!
Seriously, props to this judge for reinforcing this previously-lacking area of rights.
Quote from the court follows, emphasis added.
After considering all of the facts and authorities set forth above, then, the Court finds, under the totality of the unique circumstances of this case, that the imaging and search of the entire contents of Kim’s laptop, aided by specialized forensic software, for a period of unlimited duration and an examination of unlimited scope, for the purpose of gathering evidence in a pre-existing investigation, was supported by so little suspicion of ongoing or imminent criminal activity, and was so invasive of Kim’s privacy and so disconnected from not only the considerations underlying the breadth of the government’s authority to search at the border, but also the border itself, that it was unreasonable.
Source: DOJ Dismisses Case After Court Explains That Feds Can’t Just Grab Someone’s Laptop At The Border | Techdirt