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Germany mulls smartphone checks for refugees

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>> For many migrants and refugees, this is their lifeline. Smart phones providing travel routes, translations, and in some cases the only connection to the home they left. Now those trying to enter Germany without a passport might have to submit their phones for investigation instead. This after German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere announced a set of new measures in a security crackdown, following a series of violent attacks last month.
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> Many refugees do not have any identification documents with them, no passports, but almost all of them have smartphones. We will ask you to show us your Facebook contacts for the last few months, which are public in principle anyway, I don't think that is asking too much.
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>> Germany was struck by five attacks in the space of eight days last month, killing 15 people including a mass shooting in Munich, a stabbing, and an ax attack. Not all were terror related, but two attacks were claimed by IS, both of which was carried out by asylum seekers.
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The events have put more pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to end her government's open door policy on migration. Similar pilot procedures to check smart phones already going on in Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands. de Maiziere hopes they'll provide a precedent for tightening security in Germany.