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Israel Authorizes E-mail Searches for Foreign Travelers

Israel's internal security agency has been authorised to demand "suspicious" foreign travellers open their personal email accounts for inspection on entry to the country.

Shin Bet officials have been given approval for such action in what they deem to be exceptional cases by Israel's attorney-general, Yehuda Weinstein, despite a petition to overrule the measure by a leading civil rights group.

"The threat of using foreign citizens for terrorist purposes is a growing trend," said Nadim Avod, a lawyer in the attorney-general's office. "Searching an email account is to be carried out in exceptional cases only after suspicious or pertinent information has been identified."

Source: The Guardian. Read full article. (link)

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  • Stormy Dragon||

    Because obviously everyone has only one e-mail account and couldn't just show them the harmless one while failing to mention the other one.

    Also, how's this gonna work for business travelers? Given Israel's history with regards to industriali espionage, I can't imagine many companies are gonna be very keen on giving Shin Bet user credentials to their internal networks.