Government Data Regarding Electronic Device Searches

August 19, 2010

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the ACLU, the government released three spreadsheets that present gender, race and citizenship data compiled by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors in border searches involving electronic devices between October 1, 2008 and June 2, 2010.

According to this data, a total of 6,671 travelers were subject to electronic media searches at the border during this twenty-month time frame.  Nearly half of these people were U.S. citizens.

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Gender

Total

Female (F)

832

Male (M)

5537

Unknown

302

Grand Total

6671

 

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Race

Total

Asian (A)

585

Black or African American (B)

652

American Indian or Alaska Native (I)

33

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (P)

1

Unknown (U)

1672

White (W)

3461

(blank)

267

Grand Total

6671

 

Citizenship

Total

United Arab Emirates (AE)

6

Afghanistan (AF)

22

Antigua & Barbuda (AG)

1

Albania ( AL )

15

Armenia (AM)

1

Angola (AO)

1

Argentina (AR)

2

Austria (AT)

4

Australia (AU)

21

Bosnia and Hercegovina (BA)

3

Bangladesh (BD)

5

Belgium (BE)

6

Bulgaria (BG)

6

Bahrain (BH)

3

Burundi (BI)

1

Benin (BJ)

1

Bosnia and Hercegovina (BK)

2

Bolivia (BO)

1

Brazil (BR)

14

Belize (BZ)

3

Canada (CA)

1477

Congo (CG)

1

Switzerland (CH)

6

Ivory Coast (CI)

5

Chile (CL)

1

Cameroon (CM)

1

China (Mainland) (CN)

47

Colombia (CO)

27

Costa Rica (CR)

4

Cuba (CU)

11

Cyprus (CY)

1

Czech Republic (CZ)

1

Germany (West) Federal Republic (DE)

20

Djibouti (DJ)

2

Denmark (DK)

4

Dominican Republic (DO)

20

Algeria (DZ)

5

Ecuador (EC)

4

Egypt (EG)

29

Estonia (EN)

2

Eritrea (ER)

2

Spain (ES)

7

Ethiopia (ET)

3

Finland (FI)

2

Fiji (FJ)

2

France (FR)

34

Gabon (GA)

1

United Kingdom (GB)

94

Germany (Unified) (GE)

13

Georgia (GG)

2

Ghana (GH)

2

Guinea (GN)

2

Greece (GR)

6

Guatemala (GT)

6

Guam (GU)

1

Guyana (GY)

6

Hong Kong SAR (HK)

1

Honduras (HN)

7

Haiti (HT)

6

Hungary (HU)

2

Indonesia (ID)

13

Ireland (IE)

7

Israel (IL)

15

India (IN)

47

Iraq (IQ)

14

Iran (IR)

46

Iceland (IS)

3

Italy (IT)

21

Jamaica (JM)

7

Jordan (JO)

26

Japan (JP)

20

Kenya (KE)

7

Cambodia (KH)

2

St. Christopher- Nevis (KN)

1

Korea , Republic (South) (KR)

14

Kosovo (KV)

1

Kuwait (KW)

8

Cayman Islands (KY)

2

Kazakstahn (KZ)

1

Laos (LA)

2

Lebanon (LB)

43

Lithuania (LH)

2

Liechtenstein (LI)

1

Sri Lanka (LK)

3

Lithuania (LT)

1

Libya (LY)

12

Morroco (MA)

19

Midway Islands (MI)

1

Macedonia (MK)

4

Mali (ML)

7

Mongolia (MN)

1

Mauritania (MR)

1

Mauritius (MU)

1

Malawi (MW)

1

Mexico (MX)

165

Malaysia (MY)

5

Nigeria (NG)

51

Nicaragua (NI)

4

Netherlands (NL)

27

Norway (NO)

3

Nepal (NP)

1

New Zealand (NZ)

6

Panama (PA)

3

Peru (PE)

11

Philippines (PH)

63

Pakistan (PK)

74

Poland (PL)

6

Puerto Rico (PR)

2

Palestine (PS)

7

Portugal (PT)

1

Paraguay (PY)

1

Qatar (QA)

2

Romania (RO)

5

Russia (Historical) (RS)

6

Russia (RU)

13

Rwanda (RW)

1

Saudi Arabia (SA)

84

Sudan (SD)

3

Sweden (SE)

12

Singapore (SG)

3

Slovakia (SK)

1

Senegal (SN)

1

Somalia (SO)

74

Soviet Socialist Reps Union ( USSR ) (SU)

2

El Salvador (SV)

8

Syria (SY)

9

Thailand (TH)

8

Tokelau Islands (TK)

1

Tunisia (TN)

3

Tonga (TO)

1

Turkey (TR)

15

Trinidad and Tobago (TT)

5

China ( Taiwan ) (TW)

4

Tanzania (TZ)

2

Ukraine (UA)

13

Uganda (UG)

3

Ukraine (UP)

2

United States (US)

2995

Uzbekistan (UZ)

8

Vatican City (VA)

1

St. Vincent and the Grenadines (VC)

1

Venezuela (VE)

12

Vietnam (VN)

11

Unknown (XX)

6

Yemen Arab Republic (Sanaa) (Obsolete) (YE)

11

Yemen , Republic of (Sanaa) (YM)

8

Yugoslavia (Includes Serbia , Montenegro ) (YU)

1

South Africa , Republic (ZA)

4

(blank)

563

Grand Total

6671

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