ACLU SOCIAL MEDIA PASSWORD RECOMMENDATIONS
The ACLU released this message on Wednesday, April 19, 2107:
Homeland Security is considering forcing some travelers to provide their passwords to social media accounts as a condition to enter the U.S. This would violate the right to privacy, undermine freedom of expression, and create numerous cybersecurity risks for all travelers.
Such a social media sweep would give government officials access to communications with American friends, relatives, and colleagues. And if Homeland Security implements password collection, other countries may retaliate with similar measures against Americans.
Imagine visiting a country – to see family or take a vacation or do business – and being forced to hand over your Facebook username and password. That country’s agents would be able to read your private messages, see everything you’ve posted or shared for the benefit of your friends, what you like, what you’ve searched. What conclusions could they draw? Would they be accurate?
We don’t know what standards the agents would use to make decisions about whether you enter their country, or what would happen to your data. That country would have your login information stored for future use. Would your social media data be shared with law enforcement? What if they created a database to house this information indefinitely?
The what-ifs here are frightening. But what isn’t a question is whether forcing travelers to give up their social media passwords is a violation of our civil liberties. It is – and that’s why we’re fighting back.
We’re joining with partners Access Now, Electronic Frontier Foundation, the National Immigration Law Center, and others to convince Secretary Kelly that forcing travelers to give up their social media passwords is a non-starter. Will you join us and add your name now?
Thanks for acting to protect civil liberties,
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