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U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has many privacy advocates worried. He recently testified that U.S. border agents could soon be asking visitors, "What sites do you visit? Oh, and give us your passwords." This triggered a whirlwind of conjecture, condemnation, and confusion. At the moment, Kelly told NPR, the Trump administration is considering demanding lists of websites, passwords, and social media accounts from people entering the U.S. from seven Middle Eastern countries. Also under consideration are searches of financial information and phone contacts.
This entire issue is a very thorny one. Is this type of search legal? Is it likely to start happening? And what can you do about it?
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