As America looks for ways to make its border controls more effective, the Federal Register of the U.S. government has published a proposed change to travel and entry forms that asks for information about your social media accounts.
Your Social Media Used For Vetting
Although it is of course possible to set up fake social media accounts it is difficult and time consuming to make them look authentic. The U.S. government therefore appears to considering the studying of social media accounts of those travelling to the U.S. as a valid and useful additional element in the vetting process for entry to the country.
The reason given on the U.S. Federal Register website for the proposed extra (but optional) section to the travel authorization forms is that the social identifiers will 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.”