Belgian authorities to check asylum seekers’ phones and Facebook accounts

Belgium is preparing a bill that will allow authorities to check the phones of asylum seekers looking to enter the country.

The Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken, told Le Soir: “Some 60 to 70 percent of asylum seekers lie about an aspect of their identity, such as their name, age, the route they took [to reach Belgium] or their country of origin.”

Additionally, asylum seekers’ Facebook accounts may be checked by authorities, granted that the bill is passed. Currently, those seeking asylum have the right to refuse such checks.