media sources are reporting that U.S. border officials are planning to
demand cellphone and social media passwords from Canadians crossing into
that country. At least one Canadian official as well as some American
groups have called the proposal a breach of privacy.
According to Global TV, the House of Commons public safety committee,
privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien described the proposed measures as
The Atlantic magazine reported in February, U.S. Homeland Security
Secretary John Kelly suggested at a hearing that American officials
could ask people entering the U.S. about the Internet sites they visit
as well as passwords to help assess their online activities. “If they
don’t want to give us that information,” Kelly said, “then they don’t
A group of American human-rights organizations as well as some
experts in security and the law expressed “deep concern” at the idea.
And April Doss, a former top National Security Agency lawyer, suggested to the online news site ZDNet that the proposal would almost certainly be unlawful.
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