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Published on : Tuesday, July 5, 2016
British travelers might soon be required to provide their social media details to US border guards prior to entering the United States. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to examine the Twitter and Facebook accounts of people who look forward to attaining an Esta (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) or a Visa.
The process of handing over this kind of information is purely optional for travelers. However, most of the travelers might feel obliged to go ahead and do this duty, fearing the refusal of entry into the US.
Travelers would be asked to specify what the different social networking platforms they utilize regularly are. In addition, they would also be asked to mention their ‘identifier’ or the username that is registered with these social media sites.
If such a proposal by the Homeland Security is successful, then the US border guards would make it mandatory for travelers to make use of it in the online as well as paper visa application forms. This proposal would be applicable for the people who desire to reside in the US for a period exceeding 90 days.
The information of the social media platforms of travelers would be greatly beneficial and significant to the US Department of Homeland Security. This department would be capable of utilizing the information to keep track of different kinds of criminal activity and go about the investigation processes with increased clarity.
The US government would be considering the feedback of the travelers till 22nd August before the proposal is finalized completely.
Such a proposal have been passed by the US Department of Homeland Security in response to the San Bernardino killings in the region of California. However, it is not clear as to how the DHS would verify the information that has been placed on a form before regulating the border control. Consequently, certain travelers might put in false information in their form.