’Give Us Your Passwords’ - The Atlantic
#Israel has a longer history of rifling through travelers’ digital information at the border. In 2012, the Associated Press reported that visitors who were deemed suspicious were increasingly being asked to log into their email accounts and submit to keyword searches. The same year, a young American woman wrote about being detained at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport and, after a long ordeal, being denied entry, based in part on emails and chat transcripts from an account she was forced to log into. “Not only do we Google you, we read your emails, too!” a border agent told her.
Jonathan Klinger, an Israeli cyber-law attorney, says social-media searches have continued, but that they’re only applied “selectively”—often targeting political activists, or even based on racial profiling. “Israel’s policy in the recent years was to detain and refuse entry from civil activists based on social media posts and other opinions,” he said.