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Visitors To America Must Now Surrender Their Social Media Accounts

Published on December 27, 2016 by   ·   1 Comment

Visitors to the USA must now show their social media accounts to the DHS


The US government now require all visitors travelling to America to surrender their social media accounts to DHS agents who will have the ability to read people’s private messages. 

As of this week, foreign travellers to the United States will be required to disclose all of their social media usernames under the guise of “protecting America against terrorism.”

CBS News reports:

In June, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) proposed adding an optional question to travel authorization applications. It asked applicants to volunteer their social media account identifiers, as part of the agency’s efforts to enhance its vetting of people who travel to the U.S. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the addition of the question this month, the Department of Homeland Security told CBS News.

Should applicants provide the requested information about their social media accounts, CBP officers would only be able to see what’s publicly available on the accounts submitted — applicants wouldn’t be asked to violate privacy settings or policies.

After CBP proposed the new question, several civil liberties and internet groups raised objections. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) argued that there were “no standards to ensure that innocent travelers would not be misjudged and denied entry into the U.S.”

And EFF also predicted that the new question would “be ineffective at protecting homeland security,” given that CBP would only be looking at publicly available posts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Surmising that the social media question stemmed from having missed the threat posed by San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik, who entered the U.S. on a “fiancee visa,” EFF pointed out that the evidence of her sympathies with terrorists was only expressed “in private messages to her Facebook friends. She did not do so in public posts prior to the attack, according to the FBI.”

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. Bob Johnson Bob Johnson says:

    Kiss my ASS nazi land

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