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Saying that a magistrate’s order that Apple write code to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernadino shooters relies on a strained interpretation of U.S. law, a California congressman called on the FBI to back off its demands to the company. Congress – not the courts – should resolve the encryption debate, the congressman said.

Social media accounts of visa applicants and asylum seekers will be scrutinized for any possible links to terrorist organizations. According to reports the Department of Homeland Security– prodded by Congress — is building tools to more aggressively examine the social media accounts of all such applicants.

The Chinese Communist Party is looking at maps visitors bring that they say may “endanger the country’s sovereignty, safety and interests.” Many publicly available, open-source, maps carried by visitors could result serious consequences for visitors.

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