USA: Visas only after publication of Smartphone and passwords

the U.S. Government wants to impose stricter entry regulations and plans “Extreme vetting” – a form of highest security clearance – even before the grant of the visa. The proposed changes should refer to visitors from a larger number of countries, as that reported Wall Street Journal . The speech is also from EU countries such as France and Germany.

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In the review process U.S. visitors might be asked also to answer penetrating questions in the privacy of their faith and their political beliefs. Government officials want to undergo also increased scrutiny intensified visa applicants already in foreign U.S. embassies, because there constitutional guarantees against disproportionate searches and seizures usually do not apply. Prior to issuance of visas, the disclosure should be required also by social-media passwords while that could be carried out voluntarily so far.

the not yet officially announced rules stipulate, inter alia, that visa applicants to hand over their mobile phones, to allow a more detailed examination of contacts and other information. That would go beyond the current regulation, which allows inspection of cell phones and other devices at the border upon entry. Such searches were so far only a fraction of passengers, increased according to the civil rights organization ACLU but until 2016 annually to more than five times. Plans for a expanded border control became known also in January.

while the Trump Government wanted to complicate entry mainly from countries with majority Muslim populations, the new program aims at a much larger number of countries. The rules could apply even for States which until now the visa waiver program allowed citizens from several dozen countries – including Germany, UK, Japan and Australia – a visa-free travel.

President Donald Trump tried already with implementing regulations (“executive order”) to enforce entry bans Islamic States for citizens but were viewed by US federal courts as discriminatory and again reversed. May, the US Government hopes to be able to take legal hurdles with a broader tightening of entry requirements easier.

General crawling of personal information from U.S. visitors could prove but counterproductive. The former NSA lawyer April Doss judged it not a good idea, but even as detrimental for meaningful intelligence information. She worked as a lawyer more than a decade for the U.S. foreign intelligence and looks at the planned review overblown, as she told ZDNet.com: “I can’t believe that the history of surf and the contact list of every person of who wants to go to the United States, has a possible intelligence value.”

[withmaterialbyZackWhittaker ZDNet.com ]

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