Federal officials have set in motion a new rule that allows the government to collect social media from all immigrants—including people who are already permanent residents and naturalized citizens.
On a recent trip to Disney World, I had an unusual experience. I rode a ride. It broke. We were evacuated, and a few minutes later, I got a picture on my phone. It was an empty raft sliding down Splash Mountain, taken at precisely the moment I was walking down the emergency stairwell. It was weird.
The Department of Homeland Security has reported that searches of cellphones by border agents increased fivefold in just one year, and despite protections under the Fourth Amendment against unlawful search and seizure, the practice is completely legal.
The American Civil Liberties Union is asking tech companies to help push for surveillance reform in the U.S., warning that there is an added urgency now that newly elected President Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is hostile to the privacy of foreign travelers.