Brown Rudnick and the Yale Law School Media Freedom and Information Access clinic have filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of First Amendment and privacy law scholars, in support of a requirement that a warrant must be obtained before border searches of electronic devices will be allowed. Border officers, without warrants, searched more than 40,000 electronic devices of travelers in 2019. The amicus brief highlights for the court the several core First Amendment freedoms that are substantially burdened by electronic-device searches and the consequent need for an independent First Amendment analysis of the border-search policies.  The brief also demonstrates that the policies are unconstitutional under the First Amendment. The appeal, Alasaad v Wolf, is pending in the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

More details about the civil rights case can be found here.