Obama Admin Is Gunning For Global Social Media Surveillance

The U.S. government started asking visitors to the country Tuesday for their social media accounts in an attempt to vamp up security and detect terrorist threats.

Foreign travelers on the visa waiver program are asked if they want to “enter information associated with your online presence,” like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+, according to Politico.

While the policy is technically optional, it drew large amounts of criticism earlier in the year when the procedure was first discovered by privacy advocates. A diverse coalition of 28 different organizations urged authorities to drop the planned policy.

“This program would invade individual privacy and imperil freedom of expression while being ineffective and prohibitively expensive to implement and maintain,” the consortium’s letter to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reads.

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