A cell phone contains “the sum of an individual’s private life,” as the United States Supreme Court recently put it.

But border agents are increasingly searching the phones and other electronic devices of American citizens — and even demanding their passwords — without a warrant. These searches were increasing even before Donald Trump’s harsh and discriminatory travel ban went into effect.

The Protecting Data at the Border Act (S.823/H.R.1899), introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY), would require Customs and Border Protection agents to get a warrant.

Please sign the petition below urging Senator Mark Warner, Senator Tim Kaine, and your U.S. Representative to cosponsor the Protecting Data at the Border Act to defend Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights.

Petition to Senator Mark Warner, Senator Tim Kaine, and My U.S. Representative

Whereas: The Fourth Amendment protects the people from unreasonable searches and seizures;

Whereas: A cell phone contains an unprecedented record of an individual’s personal life, whereabouts, relationships, and more;

Whereas: Law enforcement should be required to obtain a probable cause warrant before searching such a device;

Whereas: The Protecting Data at the Border Act (S.823/H.R.1899) is bipartisan legislation to protect Americans from these unreasonable searches;

Therefore: As your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor the Protecting Data at the Border Act (S.823/H.R.1899).

Sincerely,