The Supreme Court considered a clash between a rental car contract’s boilerplate and the Fourth Amendment’s privacy protections.
Border agents say the electronic searches have stopped terrorism suspects and criminals, but privacy advocates call them an invasive violation of the Constitution.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week about whether drivers not listed in rental car agreements give up their privacy rights.
Complaints filed by people whose electronics were searched at the border without warrants highlight a growing debate over privacy, security and technology.
The Supreme Court is set to hear a blockbuster clash on privacy rights in the electronic age. It started with stolen smartphones.
People “do not lose their constitutional protection from warrantless search and seizure simply because ICE believes they may be immigrants,” lawmakers said.