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“If we adopt it, other countries are going to adopt it,” said David Kaye, a law professor at the University of California at Irvine. “Americans who travel better be prepared to provide this to other governments.”
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly laid out the proposal this week on Capitol Hill and again in an interview with National Public Radio that aired on Thursday.
Under the plan, Kelly said, border agents would ask visitors “to give us a list of websites that they visit and the passwords to get on those websites to see what they’re looking at.” Agents would also examine “what they tweet, cellphones, cellphone conversations or cellphone contact books to where we can run them against databases: telephone numbers, people, names.”
The US Customs and Border Protection has started demanding that foreign travelers hand over Facebook, Twitter, and other social media account information upon entering the country, according to a report from Politico. The new policy follows a proposal laid out back in June and applies only to those travelers who enter the US temporarily without a visa through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA, process. The goal, the government says, is to “identify potential threats,” a spokesperson tells Politico.
originally posted by: PlasticWizard
Like they don't already have access to US citizens stuff already... Hahaha
Foreigners and foreign social media databases are different can of international worms right? I guess depending on the services involved internationally. I'm sure It's easier and cheaper, if they just give you the info rather than dealing with the leg work and possible international incident.
I don't see a problem with this. It would speed up the immigration process a lot if a case worker could just scroll through a social media feed or search profiles for trigger words like "kill America" or something like that. Just a thought developing a computer system that keeps everything private but just pings/reveals social posts that have certain words or phrases would work. That would maintain some privacy for the immigrants but give the government and people a better idea of what the person's intentions in our country is. Those without social media would be stuck doing it the old slow way. That would be progress both sides could agree on.
"oh wow! his bank account was the same password as his facebook! He won't mind if I look here too..."
originally posted by: Tardacus
just lie and tell them you don`t use social media.