The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to develop technology that scans the faces of travellers as they enter and leave the US. The difficult part? The agency wants to do it without anyone needing to get out of their cars.
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Earlier this week, we looked at some of the complaints filed with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about the treatment of travellers at the US border. People regularly have their electronic devices searched, often for no good reason at all, leading to an invasive and violating experience. And today we have more horror stories from the front lines.
Travelling to the United States can be a huge hassle. Even if you're an American citizen, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can pull you aside for extensive and invasive "secondary screening". And by all accounts, this process has gotten worse since Donald Trump was elected. But it was horrible even before Trump gained power.
Americans who say their phones and laptops were seized by US border agents filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts this week, arguing that their First and Fourth Amendment rights had been violated when their electronic devices were searched without a warrant.
Sidd Bikkannavar is a natural-born US citizen who works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. He's also a prolific traveller who found himself reentering the United States right as the controversial immigration ban took effect. For unexplained reasons, he was detained and border agents demanded access to his NASA-issued phone which could contain highly sensitive information.
In the 1950s, NORAD started "tracking Santa" to ensure that he could pass safely into the US without fear of being mistaken for a Soviet bomber. But here in 2016, it seems like getting approval from the military isn't enough to prove that Father Christmas isn't a terrorist. Santa has to go through Customs now.