Privacy is something that we all crave for and USA has always been a pioneer when it comes to secure the same for people’s right to privacy. However, the image of USA in front of the world may not be the same anymore as a different leader with a different ideology is now in the office. A nationalist from heart, President Donald Trump.
He and his cabinet ministers seem to be quite defensive for their country when it comes to security threat and hence, their recent ban on 7 Muslim Majority countries created a lot of heated discussions on Internet. However, the ban was soon lifted by the court’s order but now their entry in USA is yet again turning towards another debate. It’s the VISA application that the ministry has now aimed for.
Yes, according to John Kelly, they are looking at some enhanced or some additional screening. Now this enhanced screening process indeed violates the privacy of an applicant applying for US Visa. A person applying for a USA VISA may now have to surrender his social media account’s password so that the concerned authority can have a background check on his or her profile.
In an interview where he disclosed the information, this is what he had to say about the subject – ‘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’.
He stood his ground and clearly said that if they don’t cooperate, then they don’t have the right to come in. Apparently he made this statement on the same day when the ban on the immigration of citizens from 7 Muslim majority countries was lifted. Well he was quick to point out that this decision is still ‘one of those things that they are thinking about’ that has not yet been finalized.
So what do you think about it? Is it right from their perspective to ask for passwords that completely violates the RIGHT TO PRIVACY. Or is it just a thing that has to be done just so as to tighten the security in the name of ‘potential threat’. Please share your views in the comment section below.