USA visitors may need to hand over their social media credentials

Caroline Beck
February 10, 2017

His comments came the same day judges heard arguments over President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily barring entry to most refugees and travelers from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. "So we can see what they do on the internet", Kelly said on Tuesday.

"We're looking at some enhanced or some additional screening", Kelly said at the hearing, reported AFP. It's very hard to truly vet these people in these countries, the seven countries.

"We may want to get on their social media, with passwords".

"If someone comes in and wants to come into our country ... it might be (that) not only do they bring their passports, or whatever their stories are", but they also give authorities the information to get into the password-protected websites they visit, Kelly said.

Kelly stressed that no decision has been made on this issue, but said tighter screening was definitely on the horizon, even if it means longer delays for awarding United States visas to visitors.

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Kelly said some of the other "ballpark things" that his department is considering is looking at applicants' social media use "to see what they tweet", as well as financial information and cellphone contacts so that officials can check the numbers against databases kept by the US and the European Union.

"But over there we can ask them for this kind of information and if they truly want to come to America, then they will cooperate".

Testifying to the US Congress Homeland Security Committee, Kelly said information provided by applicants now isn't sufficient. "If not, next in line!"

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly (R) prepares to testify to the House Committee On Border Security on Capitol Hill on February 7, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Kelly spoke about border security and President Trump's recent travel ban.

Secretary Kelly made it clear that no decision has been made on this example of extreme vetting.

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