U.S. visitors may need to hand over their social media credentials

U.S. visitors may need to hand over their social media credentials

U.S. visitors may need to hand over their social media credentials

The Department of Homeland Security has indicated that visitors to the United States might have to hand over passwords to their social media accounts. So we've got to maybe add some additional layers.

Kelly said the administration is considering requiring residents of the seven countries to provide lists of the websites they've visited and their passwords, to enable officials "to get on those websites to see what they're looking at".

From teacher's pet to teacher's husband to President of France? It's very hard to truly vet these people in these countries, the seven countries.

Homeland Security may not just be satisfied with your social media passwords and could also want financial details as Kelly mentioned that they were looking to obtain these records.

He reportedly stressed that no decision had been made, but tighter screening would be implemented, even if it means longer delays for awarding USA visas to visitors. "If they don't want to cooperate then you don't come in".

Testifying to the US Congress Homeland Security Committee, Kelly said information provided by applicants now isn't sufficient.

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"But over there we can ask them for this kind of information and if they truly want to come to America, then they will cooperate. If not, next in line!"

The Department of Homeland Security is mulling over additional "security" measures that may affect visitors arriving in the USA from certain countries, namely the seven Muslim-majority nations recently targeted by Trump's ban.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly (R) prepares to testify to the House Committee On Border Security on Capitol Hill on February 7, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Kelly spoke about border security and President Trump's recent travel ban.

A decision has yet to be made on the travel ban, but the battle is likely to escalate all the way to the Supreme Court.

While previous court orders addressed the plight of detained travelers, US District Judge James Robart's more-sweeping ruling stops the executive order entirely.

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