Sunday June 26, 2016

US Customs Wants To Collect Social Media Account Names At The Border

Social media data may make it easier for investigators to do their job, but how effective can this really be, considering a felon could just submit a clean or staged profile?

The optional question on arrival and departure forms would ask about a traveler’s "social media identifier," but not passwords. People could leave it blank. The extra information would be used for vetting and contact information, according to the proposal. "Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide [the Department of Homeland Security] 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," according to the proposal. The proposed change was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, giving the public 60 days to comment.

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