The US Department of Homeland Security- DHS has engraved a new rule i.e; DHS will soon Collect US Immigrants Social Media History from Twitter, Insta & Facebook Accounts. This rule will be implemented form 18th, October,2017. Now the agency would have full authority to collect information from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.
DHS will soon Collect US Immigrants Social Media History from Twitter, Insta & Facebook Accounts
The new amendments in the regulation will allows DHS to collect data from all immigrants social media history including posts from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Accounts. This amendment will also affect green card holder and naturalized citizens. This amendment was introduced to Federal register on 18th September.
This new rule will increase government security which was previously as stake due to internet activities. Many people are against this decision rendering social media accounts as personal and not government property.
The new amendment apply to naturalized Citizens too and not just to Visa applicants
Some other people view the social media accounts a place for friends and family. However they say that government official checking social media account will make it easier for them to decide whether a person is a national threat or not. In both ways it creates privacy concerns to people.
Faiz Shakir, national policy director of the ACLU Cleared that:
This Privacy Act notice makes clear that the government intends to retain the social media information of people who have immigrated to this country, singling out a huge group of people to maintain files on what they say. This would undoubtedly have a chilling effect on the free speech that’s expressed every day on social media.”
The most crazy thing is that this rules Apply to naturalized Citizens as well and not just to Visa applicants. How can a country famous for human rights can make distinction between naturalized citizens and native born citizens by incorporating a stupid amendment in law.