In the wake of Trump’s travel ban, Homeland Security is looking for a more rigid and tougher visa screening procedures before a foreigner can enter the United States, and one requirement that they’re looking into is for visa applicants to provide the passwords for their own social media accounts.
In an article by Agence France-Presse, pulished on Rappler, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said;
“We’re looking at some enhanced or some additional screening,” Kelly told a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee. “We may want to get on their social media, with passwords,”
“It’s very hard to truly vet these people in these countries, the seven countries… But if they come in, we want to say, what websites do they visit, and give us your passwords. So we can see what they do on the internet.”
“If they don’t want to cooperate, then they don’t come in” to the United States.
Sec. Kelly added that no decision have been made regarding the access to visa applicant’s social media account but tighter screening will definitely be established in the future.
The requesting access to visa applicant’s social media account or even their computing device could have a huge ramification, since it could be a violation of one’s privacy and could greatly delay the visa process which the agency is aware and willing to accept.
Last modified: February 8, 2017