On January 4, 2018, United States Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) updated its official policy on border searches of electronic devices. The new policy directive (the “New Directive”) supersedes its prior policy directive (the “Prior Directive), which was issued on August 20, 2009. The New Directive addresses some, but not all, of the issues that arise in relation to border searches of electronic devices.
On December 7, 2011, US President Obama and Canada's Prime Minister Harper released their Beyond the Border Action Plan, which discusses their shared vision for perimeter security. In furtherance of this objective, the plan proposes several immigration-related initiatives.