German Passport Handing

German Travelers to U.S. May Be Forced to Surrender Passwords

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Airport customs is already a mess for travelers entering the US, and while the Trump administration has been successful at creating headlines with the extreme vetting of Middle Eastern visitors, a new round is said to be under consideration that would impact some of America’s top ally nations, including Germany.

The new vetting policy under consideration would require certain German visitors to hand over their phone, social media and email passwords, along with financial records access and answers about their ideology. Refusal to hand over the data could land the traveler on a flight back home.

Right now the idea is still floating around the administration, much as a similar idea did in the Obama White House back in 2011, and could be stopped from ever seeing the light of day. As we have learned though, nothing is too far of a stretch for the Donald Trump presidency.

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Sources: the Wall Street Journal,

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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