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U.S. Customs and Border Protection now asks foreign travelers for their social media accounts

Discussion in 'US Citizenship' started by fisherman, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. fisherman

    fisherman Registered Users (C)

    This is one of reason I don't have any social media (Facebook, Twitter,Youtube) accounts. I like my private life to stay private :)

    From Politico web site:

    Since US start doing this, I guess other countries will follow and ask for foreigner visitors social media accounts.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2016
  2. cafeconleche

    cafeconleche Registered Users (C)

    Yup, especially dodgier ones...
  3. BorisIvanov

    BorisIvanov New Member

    Oh snaps and I was just beginning to get a lot of traction with my twitter handle :(
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 3, 2017
  4. Windu33

    Windu33 New Member

    I think they will only check the social accounts if there is a suspicion of terrorist-related activities. They don't have the resource to check everybody's accounts.
  5. jwdkhan

    jwdkhan Registered Users (C)

    Here is my personal experience when I flew back into the US last week.

    This is the first time I traveled with a US passport and visited Pakistan after 5 years. I had expected some kind of scrutiny on my way back and right on cue, my entry slip generated at the automated immigration kiosks had a big cross on it. An immigration officer directed me to a special questioning area and asked me to wait. I was called out after 10 minutes and asked to gather my checked baggage from the carousel downstairs and wait for someone to meet me there. The officer kept my passport while I went to gather my bags. After I had all my luggage with me, another officer came up to me and asked me to follow him to a customs screening area (he most probably ID-ed me from the photo on my passport). We went past all the long lines and ended up in front of a rather quiet customs search table.

    I was asked a few questions on the purpose of my visit, cities and people I visited, duration of stay and address of primary location of stay. I was then asked about what I had brought in with me (any foods, fruits or meats) and the retail value of some of the gifts I had brought back. Another officer came by, opened my laptop bag and started going through my personal diary that he found in the pocket. After turning a few pages, he put it back and walked away. At no time did anyone ask that I unlock and hand over my phone or show them any social media content. The first officer checked all my bags in a polite and pleasant demeanor and smiled to say he was done and I could leave.
  6. cafeconleche

    cafeconleche Registered Users (C)

    You're not a visitor, but they could also ask you to unlock your phone. Apparently a fingerprint is something you would have to provide, but you don't actually have to provide a password.

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