Civil Rights Groups Hold U.S. Government's Feet to the Fire over Seized Laptops


The U.S. government's practice of seizing laptops through random searches at border crossings is again coming under scrutiny , this time by a pair of civil rights groups who are on the hunt for potential plaintiffs.

The groups include the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, both of which have the support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

"This lawsuit will not seek monetary damages for individuals who have been searched; instead, it will focus exclusively on fixing the unconstitutional policy," wrote Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director and lawyer with the EFF.

To help bolster their chances in court, the groups are in search of lawyers whose laptops or other electronic gadgets were subject to search and/or seized at U.S. points of entry and exit.

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