US government asks more
US Customs and Border protection has now started demanding that foreign travelers that travel without a visa through the electronic system of travel authorization should disclose their social media accounts. This policy follows the proposal laid back in June. This is solely designed to just identify the potential threats all across.
Although it is a change but for now this has just been optional and travelers are just asked to enter information associated with their online presence. This is although unclear and doubtful that can only this information be used to dent these travelers entry into US nut this is all that is out now. The Customs and Border protection although said that this information cannot be used to dent any entry and the entry can also not be denied in case of refusal of submission of any such media information.
The implementations of policies like this will demand more than time and has enraged human right activists and many terminology companies as they express their concerns. On the other hand companies like Facebook and Google joined on with ACLU to condemn the proposal for the potential free speech and privacy violation.
These groups know and fear that information of this sort will just urge marginalized members groups for any request of social media information. According to activisit’s this is totally scrutinized and unclear without any transparency. This policy as they added will lead to potential abuses and can also risk the information that is collected by the government.
This form of new data came into light just a month before the inauguration of the president elected Donald Trump. The now president, has called upon to reviewed and recalled the call for any ban on Muslims entering the United States after the Berlin bus attack. Also the data mining firm Palantir cofounded by Donald Trump’s advisor Peter Thiel, has worked with the United States Customs and Border Protection just to track immigrants and Foreign Travelers. The tracking which is reveled now was done through using various varied data gleaned all from law enforcement databases. And the social media information works as aid in this.
US is smart
United States has now begun asking their selected foreign travelers to disclose their social media accounts as just a part of expended efforts to spot any kind of potential terrorist threat. It includes all social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, You Tube and even Linked-In. Beginning the program last week, it won’t prohibit any entry for those who do not provide their social media account’s information. And the human and privacy right activists just demand some guide lines for this extra cautious method of examination to ensure no one is abused or molested in any process like this. Although the government has all the right to know and collect any information but having some guidelines and to the limit it actually does help in serious examination is fine but it also has to respect the privacy of people along with it.