State Department Social Media Visa Policy Draws Pushback
International meeting attendees are being subjected to new scrutiny
If your international meeting attendees require a visa to enter the U.S., they’ll soon have to offer up their social media information with the application.
Last week, the State Department announced it would move forward with a policy that would require visa applicants to share links to their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts—which would give the government access to a variety of personal details about individuals, including photos, date of birth, and where a person has been.
“We already request certain contact information, travel history, family member information, and previous addresses from all visa applicants,” a State Department statement said, according to The New York Times. “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect U.S. citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States.”
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