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According to new figures released by Customs and Border Patrol, the number of electronic devices searched at the border has jumped by five times between 2015 and 2016.

Device searches this year appear to be well on pace to exceed last year’s totals as well.
However, when compared with the total number of people arriving into the United States, such searches remain exceedingly rare.
Robert Brisley, a CBP spokesman based in Atlanta, sent Ars a lengthy statement detailing the agency’s policy regarding such searches.
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