Monday, February 20, 2017

US Customs wants to check Chinese visitors' social media accounts

The US Customs and Border Protection wants to begin asking Chinese visitors to voluntarily disclose their social media handles when they enter the country. The agency has entered a proposal earlier this week to be published in the Federal Register detailing some changes to the electronic visa system used to vet visitors.

The proposal calls for the Department of Homeland Security to add an additional question to the existing Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS): “Please enter information associated with your online presence – Provider/Platform – Social media identifier.” The question would be optional, but would be used to help screen those who apply for a visa to the United States as needed. The proposal notes that it would affect...

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