If you are planning to travel to the USA, your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts might interest the US authorities. Indeed, US Customs wish that travelers soon provide their user names on social networks.
On June 23, 2016, a request was published in the Federal Register. Anyone who wants to make suggestions or comments about this project can do so until August 22. Thereafter, the application will proceed to formal consideration.
According to Fusion, an American website, customs authorities found that this practice could help them better understand travelers to the US. To date, the travelers have to complete the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) providing details about their past and present activities, including spying or criminal offenses.
In case this proposal is officially accepted, you will have to provide information associated with your presence online, including your Internet service provider, your credentials on social networks, among others.
Though optional, this new system aims at gathering sufficient information to cross-check with ongoing investigations so as to better identify anyone whose presence in the country could harm.
Find more information here: www.federalregister.gov
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