Trump's DHS To Begin Collecting Social Media Accounts Of All Immigrants

President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security will begin collecting the social media accounts of all immigrants to the United States according to Buzzfeed News. (Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security will begin collecting the social media accounts of all immigrants to the United States according to Buzzfeed News.

Federal officials are planning to collect social media information on all immigrants, including permanent residents and naturalized citizens, a move that has alarmed lawyers and privacy groups worried about how the information will be used.

The Department of Homeland Security published the new rule in the Federal Register last week, saying it wants to include "social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results" as part of people's immigration file. The new requirement takes effect Oct. 18. This would also affect all US citizens who communicate with immigrants, Schwartz said, who could self censor out of fear that information they exchange with someone overseas could be misconstrued and used against them.

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