Defend Border Privacy

  Defend Border Privacy!

U.S. politicians want to force every single traveller at the airport to hand over their digital devices, unlock them, and provide their social media passwords.1

That’s our most intimate moments, from personal messages to loved ones to sensitive financial information and private photos. If we don't speak up now, this will become the norm not just in the U.S., but all over the world.2

Join the international outcry to stop this before it becomes law. Sign the petition below now!

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Rep. Ed Royce, Chair, House Foreign Affairs Committee
Rep. Elliot Engel, Ranking member, House Foreign Affairs Committee
Sen. Bob Corker, Chair, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Sen. Ben Cardin, Ranking member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Rep. Michael McCaul, Chair, House Committee on Homeland Security
Rep. Bennie Thompson, Ranking member, House Committee on Homeland Security

This petition calls upon you to defend the basic privacy of travellers to the U.S.

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. The international community are speaking out in vast numbers to express deep concern about the depth of this privacy violation. Concerns around personal and business data will have vast implications for tourism and trade.

As a member of a committee charged with upholding friendly relations, trade, tourism, and commerce between the U.S. and other nations, we are calling on you to reject in the strongest possible way any legislation which would make these proposals into law.

Thank you.

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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has just testified in front of the House Homeland Security Committee that he wants this 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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[1] We Already Screen Cell Phones At The Border, Will Social Media Be Any Different?: Forbes
[2]  Border phone search raises privacy, charter issues, say lawyers: CBC

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