In February 2017, NASA Engineer Sidd Bikkannavar came back to the United States following a trip to Chile. He was detained by Customs and Border Protection and was commanded to hand over his smartphone and the password to it, without a warrant.
He wasn't the only one who encountered this scenario, however. Now with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Bikkannavar and 10 other people are suing CBP for illegal search of electronic devices. Ten members of the group are U.S. citizens and one is a permanent resident.
The lawsuit states that searches and seizures of smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices at the U.S. border violate the First and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.