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    US govt quietly begins asking foreign travelers for their social media accounts

    The U.S. government has quietly started to ask foreign travelers to hand over their social media accounts upon arriving in the country, a program that aims to spot potential terrorist threats but which civil liberties advocates have long opposed as a threat to privacy.

    The program has been active since Tuesday, asking travelers arriving to the U.S. on visa waivers to voluntarily enter information associated with their online presence, including "Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube, as well as a space for users to input their account names on those sites," Politico reports.

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security first proposed the idea in June, when it was met with opposition and criticism from rights groups, consumer advocates, and other entities, including the Internet Association, which represents Facebook, Google, and Twitter. At the time, a coalition of groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), among others, sent a letter to the government warning that many travelers would feel obligated to give their information to border agents and that the program would "fall hardest on Arab and Muslim communities, whose usernames, posts, contacts, and social networks will be exposed to intense scrutiny."

    But it appears the Obama administration ignored their warnings about the threat to privacy and free expression and finalized the program anyway. "The choice to hand over this information is technically voluntary," he told Ramm. "But the process to enter the U.S. is confusing, and it's likely that most visitors will fill out the card completely rather than risk additional questions from intimidating, uniformed officers—the same officers who will decide which of your jokes are funny and which ones make you a security risk."

    US Government Quietly Starts Asking Travelers for Social Media Accounts | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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    About time, Obama is catching some common sense from the Trumpster.

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    Trump has no sense let alone common sense. If the foreigners agree to it then there is no real problem.
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    WTF... Is there gonna be no privacy left anywhere, in the future?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    WTF... Is there gonna be no privacy left anywhere, in the future?
    Nope.

    Get used to the idea of no privacy in the future.

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    Let me guess, in lieu of asking Muslims (coming from terror hotbeds) to "hand over social media accounts" they're asking everyone because they don't want to "discriminate". So it's OK to violate everyone's privacy but not OK to target the specific subgroup responsible for generating Islamic terror attacks.


    This sets a dangerous precedent. Soon governments around the globe will be asking for all data linked to online activity. This is broad based authoritarianism needlessly applied because we could very well target the subgroup responsible for Islamic terrorism. This is disgusting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    WTF... Is there gonna be no privacy left anywhere, in the future?
    BINGO!! You have just discovered the right-wing secret that is about to be implemented and exposed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Nope.

    Get used to the idea of no privacy in the future.
    And all with Republican blessings!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemoWhip View Post
    And all with Republican blessings!
    You seem to be forgetting Obama and his NSA spying but we wouldn't expect anything less from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by April15 View Post
    Trump has no sense let alone common sense. If the foreigners agree to it then there is no real problem.
    He is already out performing Obama.

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