Frequency of border searches of electronic devices, 2010-2017

MF Hagen filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
Due May 10, 2017
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From: MF Hagen

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

- Records concerning searches of individuals' electronic devices at the nation's borders by CBP, and specifically:

1. the number of searches of devices in each of the years between 2010 and 2017 inclusive;
2. the number of "detentions" of devices in each of the years between 2010 and 2017 inclusive;
3. the number of "seizures" of devices of devices in each of the years between 2010 and 2017 inclusive;
4. the number of "retentions" of devices in each of the years between 2010 and 2017 inclusive;
5. the number of "inspections" of devices in each of the years between 2010 and 2017 inclusive;
6. the number of times CBP officials requested device passwords from individuals entering the USA, in each of the years between 2010 and 2017 inclusive;
7. the number of times CBP officials requested social media passwords from individuals entering the USA, in each of the years between 2010 and 2017 inclusive;
8. the number of times CBP officials requested email passwords from individuals entering the USA, in each of the years between 2010 and 2017 inclusive.

- Records of revisions to publicly-reported estimates of any of the above or similar numbers.

- Records pertaining to any "upgrades" or other changes to IT systems resulting in a revision of the estimates of any of the above or similar numbers.

- Records pertaining to any "anomaly" in a "system upgrade" during February 2017.

- Transcripts of all communication between CBP spokesperson Jennifer Evanitsky and The Guardian newspaper during February 2017, March 2017, and April 2017.

You may limit your search to records created between 08/26/2009 and the date this request is processed.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. The availability of these records is necessary for the public to fully understand the government's policies and practices relating to searches of electronic devices at the border.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

MF Hagen

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

MF Hagen
Muckrock DEPT MR 36092 411A Highland Ave Somerville MA 02144

Dear MF Hagen:

This automated notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received on 04/12/2017 regarding the searches of individuals' electronic devices at the nation's borders by CBP. Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-2017-051295 to track the status of your request.  If you have not already done so, you must create a FOIAonline account at https://foiaonline.regulations.gov.  This is the only method available to check the status of your pending FOIA request. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/)

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From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2812acfbd)
* Tracking Number: CBP-2017-051295
* Requester Name: MF Hagen
* Date Submitted: 04/12/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requester is asking for records related to the searches of individuals' electronic devices at the borders by CBP.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2017-051295 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OFO-2017-051295. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: CBP-2017-051295
* New Tracking Number: CBP-OFO-2017-051295
* Requester Name: MF Hagen
* Date Submitted: 04/12/2017
* Long Description: Requester is asking for records related to the searches of individuals' electronic devices at the borders by CBP.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-OFO-2017-051295 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2017-051295. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: CBP-OFO-2017-051295
* New Tracking Number: CBP-2017-051295
* Requester Name: MF Hagen
* Date Submitted: 04/12/2017
* Long Description: Requester is asking for records related to the searches of individuals' electronic devices at the borders by CBP.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2017-051295 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OFO-2017-051295. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: CBP-2017-051295
* New Tracking Number: CBP-OFO-2017-051295
* Requester Name: MF Hagen
* Date Submitted: 04/12/2017
* Long Description: Requester is asking for records related to the searches of individuals' electronic devices at the borders by CBP.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-OFO-2017-051295 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2017-051295. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: CBP-OFO-2017-051295
* New Tracking Number: CBP-2017-051295
* Requester Name: MF Hagen
* Date Submitted: 04/12/2017
* Long Description: Requester is asking for records related to the searches of individuals' electronic devices at the borders by CBP.

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