The Department of Homeland Security to Begin to Collect Social Media Information

The U.S. is Set to Collect Social Media Data on All Immigrant Who Enter the Country

In an effort to allegedly better screen individuals entering the country, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) will soon begin to collect social media data on immigrants who enter the United States.  Some believe that these new measures are unnecessarily intrusive, while others contend it is a method to ensure national security.  This new measure is set to begin on October 18, 2017.  However, this new measure is not necessarily new, as the Department of Homeland Security had begun to ask those who entered the United States for social media information during the Obama administration.

Who is Subject to Social Media Data Collection?

Those who are green card holders, and even naturalized citizens may have their social media information collected.  This data will then become a part of their immigration file.  The type of information that can be collected could include, but may not be limited to:

  • Social media handles;
  • Aliases;
  • Pictures;
  • Social media search results; and/or
  • Identifiable information associated with the person.

Where Will the Data be Collected From?

This data is said to be collected from publicly available information that can be found on the internet and public records, for example.  The information may be collected from social media pages like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, and other social media sites.

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