(Digital Trends) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking to allow U.S. Customs to ask for foreign travelers’ social media details, such as their Facebook and Twitter usernames.
A new proposal seeks to add social media info to the arrival and departure forms that foreign nationals are required to complete. The “social media identifier” as it is termed is described as an “optional data field to request social media … to be used for vetting purposes, as well as applicant contact information.” It does not, however, permit the DHS to ask for a traveler’s social media passwords, meaning their public posts will be the ones under review.
In terms of its benefits to the DHS, the document states: “Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections by providing an additional tool set which analysts and investigators may use to better analyze and investigate the case.”
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