Frequency of border searches of electronic devices

MF Hagen filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
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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:

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, for example by CBP or ICE, 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

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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: FOIA

Good Afternoon,

Thank you for contacting the DHS Privacy Office. The records you are seeking appear to fall under the purview of CBP and ICE. Both components have their own FOIA Offices. Please submit your request directly to them for processing. The contact information is below.

U. S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)<https://www.dhs.gov/foia-contact-information>
FOIA Officer
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 3.3D
Washington, D.C. 20229
FOIA Officer/Public Liaison: Sabrina Burroughs
Phone: 202-344-1610
CBP Website<http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia>

United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)<https://www.dhs.gov/foia-contact-information>
Freedom of Information Act Office
500 12th Street, SW, Stop 5009
Washington, D.C. 20536-5009
FOIA Officer: Catrina Pavlik-Keenan
FOIA Requester Service Center Contact: Fernando Pineiro
Phone: 866-633-1182
Fax: 202-732-4265
E-mail: ice-foia@dhs.gov<mailto:ice-foia@dhs.gov>
ICE Website<http://www.ice.gov/foia/index.htm>

Regards,

The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
STOP-0655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:foia@hq.dhs.gov>

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