Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Customs and Border Protection Wants to Collect Foreign Travelers' Social Media Info

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 9:30 AM

click to enlarge CBP.GOV
  • CBP.gov

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proposing to start collecting foreign travelers' social media names and handles. 

The new field in certain customs forms would read, "Please enter information associated with your online presence—Provider/Platform—Social media identified." It would be optional to fill out, and would appear for people not required to have a visa to travel in and out of the U.S., according to a post on Slate. The proposal by CBP was first spotted by The Hill, though.

Citizens of 38 countries, such as Denmark and Switzerland, can stay in the U.S. for 90 days without applying for a visa.

"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," CBP says.

The proposal launched on June 20 and is open to public comment until Aug. 22.

Tags: , , , ,

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by María Inés Taracena

Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
Hip Hop Yoga

Hip Hop Yoga @ Floor Polish

Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Festival Band's New Year's Eve Dance

Join us at the Tucson University Park Hotel (formally Marriott) for our NYE Dance! We play Tejano,… More

@ Tucson University Park Hotel Dec. 1-Jan. 1 880 E. 2nd Street

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Betsy DeVos Exercises Her Freedom of $peech (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. The Weekly List: 26 Things To Do in Tucson This Week (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. $59 Million Can Focus the Mind, Even If You're Facebook (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Laughing Stock: Holly Jolly Edition (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Pastorela Laughs in the Mirror of 2017 Politics (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation