Boston – Most of us travel with our phones and laptops, but an increasing number of individuals returning to the United States are finding that border patrol agents want access to those devices, without a search warrant.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.

EFF staff attorney Adam Schwartz says in the last two years authorities have tripled the number of devices searched. They are on track to search 30,000 this year.

Customs and Border Patrol officials maintain that they are authorized to search laptops and cellphones as part of their mandate to inspect goods entering the country.

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