Jan 30, 2017

Foreign visitors may have to hand over social accounts to Border Patrol

CNN reported Sunday that Trump administration officials are discussing the possibility of asking visitors to disclose all "websites and social media sites they visit, and to share the contacts in their cell phones." According to the report, visitors could be denied entry to the U.S. should they fail to share such information.

On Saturday, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association tweeted that the process was already happening.

Context: The Obama administration previously approved asking visitors to voluntarily hand over social media information, but never made it mandatory. A government source confirmed to Politico last year that those traveling on a visa waiver program were given an "optional" request to enter information associated with their online presence." At the time, groups such as the ACLU said the Administration needed to tighten their language around the use of information requested.

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China tries to contain coronavirus, as Apple warns of earnings impact

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

As China pushes to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus — placing around 780 million people under travel restrictions, per CNN — the economic repercussions continue to be felt globally as companies like Apple warn of the impact from the lack of manufacturing and consumer demand in China.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There are some signs that new cases are growing at a slower rate now, although the World Health Organization said Monday it's "too early to tell" if this will continue.

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Apple will miss quarterly earnings estimates due to coronavirus

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple issued a rare earnings warning on Monday, saying it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the impact of the coronavirus, which will limit iPhone production and limit product demand in China.

Why it matters: Lots of companies rely on China for production, but unlike most U.S. tech companies, Apple also gets a significant chunk of its revenue from sales in China.

America's dwindling executions

The Trump administration wants to reboot federal executions, pointing to a 16-year lapse, but Pew Research reports the government has only executed three people since 1963.

The big picture: Nearly all executions in the U.S. are done by states. Even those have been steadily dropping for two decades, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) — marking a downward trend for all executions in the country.