Federal Plan To Maintain Files Of Immigrant Social Media Pastime Reasons Alarm

Federal Plan To Keep Files Of Immigrant Social Media Activity Causes AlarmEnlarge this image Richard Drew/AP Richard Drew/APThe Department of Homeland Security put a notice in the wonky Federal Register that caught widespread attention this week: It plans to keep files on the social media activity of immigrants.
This Federal Register notice doesn’t suggest any new ways of collecting social media information, Schwartz says.
In fact, the agency says, it has been collecting social media information on immigrants for years.
The Inspector General of DHS published a report in February about the department’s efforts to screen social media.
The Federal Register notice is “an effort to be transparent,” Talbot said, about information on social media accounts that USCIS is already collecting from immigrants.

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