Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has just testified in front of the House Homeland Security Committee that he wants all travellers to the U.S. to hand over their unlocked electronic devices, as well as their social media passwords, to airport security as a matter of routine.
These extreme new rules would put people – especially vulnerable communities – at risk of discrimination, hacking and gross violations of personal privacy.
This affects you even if you don’t travel to the U.S. Any private messages or photos you sent to anyone who then crosses the border will be in the hands of U.S. authorities.
If we don't speak up now these mandatory phone download powers will become norm not just in the US, but all over the world.
They need to hear now from the international community that this will stifle tourism and cross border commerce. Stand up for privacy and send a message.
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