Jun 242016
 
 June 24, 2016  Featured News, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Great catch by Joseph Lorenzo Hall. As seen in the Federal Register, DHS is proposing to amend forms that are used in travel arrival and departure records (Forms I-94 and I-94W) and Electronic System for Travel Authorization. If they ask you nicely, will you tell them your Twitter handle and other social media usernames? And how long before they stop making this “optional” and make it mandatory?

DHS proposes to add the following question to ESTA and to Form I-94W:

“Please enter information associated with your online presence—Provider/Platform—Social media identifier.” It will be an optional data field to request social media identifiers to be used for vetting purposes, as well as applicant contact information. Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide DHS 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.Show citation box

Current Actions: This submission is being made to extend the expiration date with a change to the information collected as a result of adding a question about social media to ESTA and to Form I-94W, as described in the Abstract section of this document. There are no changes to the burden hours or to the information collected on Form I-94, or the I-94 Web site.

More information here. You have until August 22 to submit your comments, while I wait for Joe Cadillic’s head to explode in 3…. 2….

  5 Responses to “DHS really would love to know your Twitter handle….”

  1. It’s moments like these when I rant about getting the govt out of my f$%king business and snatch

  2. You could always use two accounts, (much like Farcebook) and only give the govt the one that occasionally gets used.

    Although I’m more surprised that they’re asking YOU rather than the NSA for the info.

  3. Maybe someone should create a pseudo account with random stuff just for the government to do their tracking and their business and see the government’s response to that.. 🙂

  4. WTF? American spying on citizens is a daily occurrence.

    America’s alphabet soup agencies want to spy on our social media comments, emails, phone calls. the list goes on and on while an apathetic public yawns.

    Every time a court rules in favor of spying on Americans without a warrant we lose a part of our privacy.

    Make no mistake our government is at war with the American people and our Bill of Rights.

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