Visitors to the US may be asked for Social Media Information

Washington DC – The Federal Government has proposed to adding a line in the forms filled out by visitors at the customs which will ask them to voluntarily disclose their social media accounts. This would help them keep a tab on ties for terrorism. The Customs and Border Protection would ask, which announced this move last week in the Federal Registrar, said the social media information would give it extra investigative tools.

“Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide D.H.S. greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity,” the border agency said, referring to the Department of Homeland Security, its parent organization.

The proposal comes after Congress passed legislation last year to add restrictions to the Visa Waiver Program. The legislation was a retort to the November terrorist attacks in Paris, which led to fears that European-born or naturalized citizens with terrorist ties could enter the United States without being properly checked.

Republican Representative Vern Buchanan has said that voluntary disclosure wont work in the digital battlefield, mandatory screening is required.

 

Washington DC – The Federal Government has proposed to adding a line in the forms filled out by visitors at the customs which will ask them to voluntarily disclose their social media accounts. This would help them keep a tab on ties for terrorism. The Customs and Border Protection would ask, which announced this move last week in the Federal Registrar, said the social media information would give it extra investigative tools.

“Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide D.H.S. greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity,” the border agency said, referring to the Department of Homeland Security, its parent organization.

The proposal comes after Congress passed legislation last year to add restrictions to the Visa Waiver Program. The legislation was a retort to the November terrorist attacks in Paris, which led to fears that European-born or naturalized citizens with terrorist ties could enter the United States without being properly checked.

Republican Representative Vern Buchanan has said that voluntary disclosure wont work in the digital battlefield, mandatory screening is required.