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US Embassies could ask
visa applicants for
passwords to their own
social media accounts in
future background
checks, Homeland
Security Secretary John
Kelly said.Mr Kelly said
the move could come as
part of the effort to
toughen vetting of
visitors to screen out
people who could pose a
security threat.
He said it was one of
the things under
consideration especially
for visitors from seven
Muslim majority
countries with very
weak background
screening of their own -
Iran, Iraq, Libya,
Somalia, Sudan, Syria
and Yemen.
"We're looking at
some enhanced or
some additional
screening," Mr Kelly
told a hearing of the
House Homeland
Security Committee.
"We may want to get
on their social media,
with passwords," he
said. "It's very hard
to truly vet these
people in these
countries, the seven
countries... But if
they come in, we
want to say, what
websites do they
visit, and give us
your passwords. So
we can see what
they do on the
internet." "If they
don't want to
cooperate, then they
don't come in"
to the United States, he
Mr Kelly stressed that
no decision had been
made on this, but said
tighter screening was
definitely in the future,
even if it means longer
delays for awarding US
visas to visitors.
"These are the things
we are thinking
about," he said. "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. If
not, next in line."
The seven countries
were targeted in
president Donald
Trump's January 27
immigrant and refugee
ban order, which has
sense been at least
temporarily blocked
under court order.
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