Attention tourists entering USA — Your social media accounts are subject to inspection


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The federal government is taking another step it says would make the US homeland safer from terrorism. US border authorities are proposing that millions of tourists entering the country each year reveal their social media identities…

Here’s what will be asked: “Please enter information associated with your online presence — Provider/Platform—Social media identifier.” This field doesn’t call for additional information such as passwords, but it’s likely to yield many if applicants aren’t paying attention and overshare…

The agency said the form travelers fill out enables “the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to perform its mission related to the screening of alien visitors for potential risks to national security and the determination of admissibility to the United States.”

The proposal comes six months after President Barack Obama signed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 that added other questions to US-bound travelers. The form now asks applicants about which countries they’ve been to after March 1, 2011. It also asks which countries they are nationals or citizens of and for which nations they have passports and Global Entry codes.

Some of Donald Trump’s police state scenario doesn’t sound especially out of line with what our government has decided is already acceptable protocol for entering the Land of the Free. Anyone giving odds on whether the answers go automagically to the NSA and FBI? Or not.