A new round of possible vetting procedures is being examined by White House officials in the US, according to the Wall Street Journal, and they’re not going to make anyone happy.
After limiting the size of electronic devices that travelers headed to the US from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa can carry on an airplane, the Trump administration is now considering extending a new set of limitation to most foreigners, even if they are only headed to the US for a short visit.
According to Wall Street Journal interviews with officials involved in the potential regulation’s review process, the rules could include demanding travelers:
- share contacts on their mobile phones
- share social-media and email passwords
- give access to financial records
- answer questions about ideology
The new rules could apply to the majority of visitors to the US, including those from countries in western Europe, Japan, and Australia that are currently enrolled in America’s more convenient visa waiver program.