So much wrong with this, I don’t even know where to begin.
For starters, the iPhone was returned to her (granted, after 130 days), so the case dies right there.
The rest is all based on tenuous speculation of what *might* have happened, but almost certainly didn’t.
– they *might* have copied her data? Even if they did, the data is still encrypted. That’s how iPhones work. Additionally, they couldn’t have unlocked it since she didn’t give them the unlock code – and it certainly wasn’t unlocked during those 130 days. Assuming usually government “efficiency”, it sat in an evidence locker until they were forced to return it.
– Homeland security, or CBP/Customs/USCIS doesn’t require a warrant or reasons for search and seizure. At the airport they are within their zone of jurisdiction, and the usual civil regulations don’t apply. So, on that level, the case has no merit.
– finally, she claims that the phone contains pictures of her in “state of undress”. Well, that’s a pickle, because the defendant (ie government) can just allow this to go to court, at which point they can claim the need for discovery, ie needing proof that these pictures exist on the said iPhone. In other words, show us those pictures, let’s enter them into evidence, and make sure that the case is public. Didn’t really think that through, did you, girl?
The whole case feels like just another attention whoring attempt by yet another opportunistic lawyer.
An American Muslim woman has filed suit after, she claims, agents at Newark Airport took her iPhone after she refused to unlock it. At issue is data that she believes the agents copied and retained, including photos of her in “a state of undress.”