“U.S. Customs and Border Protection has quietly begun to check social media accounts of foreign travelers”

Posted 23 December 2016 13:31 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

The American Customs and Border Protection has quietly begun to check social media accounts of foreign travelers to try to identify potential threats, according to the website Politico.com. When foreigners arrive in the United States they are asked to provide their social media accounts.

The policy is currently only for travelers that want to enter the U.S. on the visa waiver program. Users can fill in a form where now also social media accounts are asked such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts. Currently filling in social media account details is optional.

The organisation states it, ” wouldn’t prohibit entry to foreigners who didn’t provide their social media account information”. It’s unclear if travelers with suspicious information on their account will be forbidden to enter the U.S.

The American Customs and Border Protection unveiled its draft proposal on checking social media in June. However, the plan was heavily criticized by consumer protection advocates. They considered the plan “posed immense privacy risks, given that social media accounts serve as gateways into an enormous amount of [users’] online expression and associations, which can reflect highly sensitive information about that person’s opinions, beliefs, identity and community”.

Nevertheless, the plan appears to be adopted without any major changes.



coolcolors
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Posted on: 23 Dec 16 15:56
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I guess US has become the New ISIS in town.
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UTR
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Posted on: 23 Dec 16 19:28
Actually, I can't believe this isn't already being done.
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pcarey
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Posted on: 23 Dec 16 19:36
The sad thing is that these idiotpoliticians think that people bent on doing harm would actually tell them the truth when asked. No wonder a non-political type won the presidential election.
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rontheripper
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Posted on: 23 Dec 16 19:37
Boy they're dumb!  So what's to stop a terrorist from keeping a clean acct & a dirty one.
Another nonsense law to make it look like they're actually doing something.
So what happens if they say they have no Facebook account they can't come in or the agent shrugs His shoulders and sez OK?
But yet they still have to do a frisk on Granny going over to Europe!
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Ibex
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Posted on: 23 Dec 16 21:07
How long before someone is denied entry to the country because they don't have a Facebook account?

I'd give them a fortnight.
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Xercus
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Posted on: 23 Dec 16 21:16
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Originally Posted by Ibex
How long before someone is denied entry to the country because they don't have a Facebook account?

I'd give them a fortnight.
That would include me, then again, I'm quite suspicious with all my human to human feelings and understanding as I truly believe we were all born equal
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UTR
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Posted on: 23 Dec 16 22:24
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Boy they're dumb!  So what's to stop a terrorist from keeping a clean acct & a dirty one.
Another nonsense law to make it look like they're actually doing something.
So what happens if they say they have no Facebook account they can't come in or the agent shrugs His shoulders and sez OK?
But yet they still have to do a frisk on Granny going over to Europe!
A lot of information can be gleaned from social media accounts. Travel habits, friends, liked pages etc. all tell a story. This isn't all that needs to be done to vet people but it is a good start and easy to do. Had the social media accounts of the San Bernardino terrorists been scrutinized, that terrorist attack might have been stopped.

The real issue, IMO, is that profiling is not used. We waste so much effort trying to be PC regarding how we investigate potential terrorists that it leaves us vulnerable. We are not worried about Japanese terrorists etc. entering the country and spending time on them like we would with visitors from Syria etc. is a waste of resources. But then in the USA, all one has to do to enter our country is walk across the southern border without the slightest challenge. Europe has let so many unvetted people into their borders that I don't know how they can stop the terrorist attacks at this point.
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UTR
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Posted on: 23 Dec 16 22:25
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Originally Posted by Xercus
That would include me, then again, I'm quite suspicious with all my human to human feelings and understanding as I truly believe we were all born equal
We might be born equal but thereafter things can get really skewed.
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TSJnachos117
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Posted on: 24 Dec 16 20:09
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The American Customs and Border Protection unveiled its draft proposal on checking social media in June. However, the plan was heavily criticized by consumer protection advocates. They considered the plan “posed immense privacy risks, given that social media accounts serve as gateways into an enormous amount of [users’] online expression and associations, which can reflect highly sensitive information about that person’s opinions, beliefs, identity and community”.
Nevertheless, the plan appears to be adopted without any major changes.
That's America for you... no one seems to care about what's best for everyone. It's all about increasing surveillance, making it easier for Big Brother to go after whistle blowers, journalists, activists, etc. I doubt any effort is going to be made to prevent actual terrorism, even thought that's the all-so-convenient excuse for this type of surveillance.

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I guess US has become the New ISIS in town.
Actually, the US has been a terrorist state since at least a decade before ISIS was formed. In fact, America's terrorism is probably what radicalized people to form groups like ISIS in the first place.
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UTR
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Posted on: 24 Dec 16 23:11
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Actually, the US has been a terrorist state since at least a decade before ISIS was formed. In fact, America's terrorism is probably what radicalized people to form groups like ISIS in the first place.
No country that ever existed is pure in its motives or actions. They are also all not equal in the amount of good and bad deeds they have, or will, perpetrate.

One thing I can tell you is this past presidential election cycle in the USA has enlightened many Americans as to what our federal government has been doing the past 20-30 years. IMO, Americans are not wanting further interventionism around the world. This does not mean we will not defend ourselves, if needed.

What allowed ISIS to thrive was the USA leaving Iraq and creating a severe power vacuum. Whether or not the USA going into Iraq was a good idea doesn't change this fact. As the old saying goes, "If you break it you buy it." We broke Iraq and then left way too soon. Just leaving 10k troops in Iraq would have prevented ISIS from forming and the whole region would have been better off if we would have stayed and kept a minimal presence. Iraq made a mistake in telling us to leave. We doubled down on stupid actions when we tried to topple Bashar al-Assad right after leaving Iraq. IMO, the results of these actions were intentional by the US government. Why our president intentionally went around the Middle East toppling governments for the past eight years is a question that needs to be answered.

It is easy to speak in short sentences but it isn't a very accurate way to describe what has has happened and why it happened. I can tell you that many people in the USA voted for Trump because of his stance on interventionism. He is not for it and wants the USA out of nation building. I hope he retains this stance and repairs some of the damage that has been done the past 24 years.
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