Rep. Michael McCaul, Chair, House Committee on Homeland Security
Rep. Bennie Thompson, Ranking member, House Committee on Homeland Security
Sen. Ron Johnson, Chair, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental affairs
Sen. Claire McCaskill, Ranking member, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental affairs
This petition calls upon you to defend the basic privacy of U.S. citizens and all travelers through the U.S. border.
Proposals, including recent testimony by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in front of the House Homeland Security Committee, are coming forward to require all travellers to the U.S., to provide their unlocked electronic devices and social media passwords to border agents as a matter of routine.
Existing laws allowing for searches of these devices without warrant or suspicion are already an immense violation of personal privacy, and American citizens are already being targeted by these invasive searches. U.S. citizens are deeply concerned about the level of sensitive and private data — including personal messages, financial information and confidential business information — that would be compromised through routine inspection of digital devices.
As a member of a committee charged with protecting the security of U.S. citizens, we are calling on you to reject in the strongest possible way any legislation which would make these proposals into law.
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