U.S. May Soon Require Visitors To Give Up Their Facebook Passwords
In what is seen as a highly controversial move if approved, the United States will be asking visitors to the country to divulge the passwords of their social media accounts.
The idea came from John Kelly, the Security of Homeland Security. Kelly stressed that the measure will help authorities determine if a person coming into the country has said or done anything that merits a look. Kelly also said that those who do not cooperate or give up their passwords will be barred from entering the country.
Kelly gave this suggestion to the House Homeland Security Committee which was having talks focused on the executive order signed by Donald Trump that prohibited people from certain nations as well as immigrants and refugees from being allowed into the country. Kelly also suggested that looking at the visitors' financial records is also being considered. PC World noted that despite Kelly's pronouncement that the measure was still only an idea, authorities were already asking foreign visitors to provide social media account IDs.
As expected, Kelly's idea was met with opposition. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has openly opposed Trump's travel ban and has said before that the U.S. is a country of immigrants, a fact that should be met with pride.
Robert McCaw of the Council on American-Islamic Relations stressed that the "price of admission into the United States shouldn't mean giving up your online life". McCaw also expressed one possible problem with Kelly's pronouncement - forgetfulness. Many, if not all of those who have created social media accounts have forgotten a password at one time or another. McCaw sees the possibility of being accused of lying to a federal agency when in fact the person just forgot his or her password and could not disclose the requested piece of information.
CNET acknowledged the fact that social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter offer a lot of information about a person. Such is the case with Trump himself who is an active Twitter user.
Tech vs Trump Travel Ban: Lyft Donates $1 Million to ACLU, Microsoft Offers Legal Aide To Employees
Lyft will donate $1 Million to ALCU while Microsoft has offered legal assistance to its employees affected by Trump's immigration ban.
Trump Gets @POTUS Twitter Account As "LGBT" And "Climate Change" Deleted From Official White House Website
Donald Trump was handed the @POTUS Twitter handle as he was being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
Trump Using Twitter To Spread Lies? Tweets That Millions ‘Voted Illegally’ In Last Election
Donald trump tweeted that he won the popular vote if millions who 'voted illegally' were deducted.
Elon Musk Reveals First Images Of Tesla Model 3 Production Unit On Twitter
Elon Musk showed off the very first Tesla Model 3 unit on Twitter and Instagram.
‘South Park’ Drops Donald Trump, Goes Back To Being Kids In Next Season
Trey Parker has revealed that they're ditching Donald Trump in the next season of "South Park" to bring back the old school fun of being crazy kids.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Foolproof Ways to Get New Customers for Your Small Business
Growing your small business is all about attracting a steady stream of customers. Whether you run an e-commerce site or a coffee shop, the right lead generation techniques will keep you on your feet. However, customer acquisition can feel overwhelming when you're first starting out.
How Do Personal Emergency Response Systems Work?
Personal emergency response systems, known as PERS for short, are systems that help people to raise the alarm and get immediate help when a medical or personal emergency occurs. They are ideal for older people and anyone with a mobility issue or an injury or illness that can cause falls.
The 9 Most Popular (And Fun) Internet Games of 2019
Are you bored of board games? What are the most popular internet games from this year? These nine are popular for a reason. Check 'em out!
Why your Company Needs a Comprehensive ERP Solution Like Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Statista predicts that the whole ERP market's revenue will exceed $85 million in 2021. By that time, resource planning systems will be used by both SMEs and large businesses. Moreover, even today, it's pretty difficult to find a firm without at least basic ERP products that help to plan, organize, automate, and improve ongoing processes.