In a development that the Electronic Frontier Foundation declared \u0022an enormous victory for privacy,\u0022 a federal judge in Boston ruled Tuesday that suspicionless searches of travelers\u0026#039; phones, laptops, and other electronic devices by government agents at U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional.\u0022This is a great day for travelers who now can cross the international border without fear that the government will, in the absence of any suspicion, ransack the extraordinarily sensitive information we all carry in our electronic devices,\u0022 EFF senior staff attorney Sophia Cope said in a statement.The lawsuit, Alasaad v. McAleenan, was filed by EFF, the national ACLU, and ACLU of Massachusetts on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens and one lawful permanent resident who had their devices searched without warrants. The suit named as defendants the Department of Homeland Security and two agencies it oversees—Customs and Border Protection as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement.BREAKING: In a major victory for privacy, a federal court ruled today that the government’s suspicionless searches of international travelers’ smartphones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment. pic.twitter.com/SJDIERJdV5— ACLU (@ACLU) November 12, 2019Plaintiffs in the case include Sidd Bikkannavar, an optical engineer for NASA\u0026#039;s Jet Propulsion Laboratory living in California; Jeremy Dupin, a journalist living in Massachusetts; and Diane Maye, a college professor and former U.S. Air Force captain living in Florida.When the suit was filed in September 2017, Maye said that she \u0022felt humiliated and violated\u0022 after she was detained for two hours at Miami International Airport upon her return to the United States from a vacation in Europe.\u0022I worried that border officers would read my email messages and texts, and look at my photos,\u0022 Maye explained. \u0022This was my life, and a border officer held it in the palm of his hand. I joined this lawsuit because I strongly believe the government shouldn\u0026#039;t have the unfettered power to invade your privacy.\u0022Suspicionless searches of electronic devices at the border have skyrocketed in recent years.In this joint civil liberties lawsuit brought by EFF and @ACLU, we sued on behalf of 11 travelers, arguing that these searches violate the 1st and 4th Amendments. https://t.co/ZbbJ3Iq6tr— EFF (@EFF) November 12, 2019Esha Bhandari, staff attorney with the ACLU\u0026#039;s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, said Tuesday that \u0022this ruling significantly advances Fourth Amendment protections for millions of international travelers who enter the United States every year.\u0022The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that \u0022the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.\u0022Bhandari added that \u0022by putting an end to the government\u0026#039;s ability to conduct suspicionless fishing expeditions, the court reaffirms that the border is not a lawless place and that we don\u0026#039;t lose our privacy rights when we travel.\u0022Based on government data, CBP conducted more than 30,000 searches in fiscal year 2017. The privacy advocacy groups pointed out in their joint statement Tuesday that \u0022the number of electronic device searches at U.S. ports of entry has increased significantly\u0022 in the past few years.