Groups Raise Alarm Over DHS Bid For Social Media Info

By Allissa Wickham (August 22, 2016, 8:35 PM EDT) -- Twenty-eight immigration, civil liberties and other groups released a letter Monday raising concerns over a U.S. Department of Homeland Security proposal to collect social media information from visa waiver program travelers, saying the request would be a privacy intrusion.

The groups — including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation — took issue with a DHS proposal floated on June 23, which would add a question about applicants' "online presence" to a travel authorization system for foreign nationals hoping to come to the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program.

"It is not clear...

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