Reading about America’s Border Patrol is becoming quite scary.
It’s slightly old news by now, but apparently US Border Patrol has taken up asking for passwords to your electronic devices and social media accounts in some cases. Failure to comply will come with the usual slew of trouble, of course. Invasion of privacy aside, what do they do with those passwords once they have them? Where do they get stored? For how long? Who gets to see them?
It’s a huge security risk. If someone with ill will has access to your password, which you were forced to give up, they might be inclined to try it out on your other accounts. Password reuse is bad for these kinds of reasons, but not everyone knows that. You’re opening people up to a lot of danger. Hell, it’s not unprecedented that a valuable database like a “travelers’ password database” gets hacked into.
I may have my white male privilege on my side (I don’t look very interesting on paper or in person), but I’m still a tad uneasy about having to cross that border this year.