Customs says it can’t search social media of U.S. citizens


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United States citizens should know that their social media accounts are off limits to Customs and Border Protection agents.

The rules surrounding checks of phones and social data has been murky at best, and still would be if it weren’t for a letter authored by CBP acting commissioner Kevin McAleenan that NBC recently obtained and published.

“…border searches conducted by CBP do not extend to information that is located solely on remote servers,” McAleenan wrote. The acting commissioner also wrote that this limitation was made clear to CBP officials in guidelines issued in April of this year.  Read more…

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