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Homeland Security to Collect Social Media Usernames on Immigration and Visitor Applications

Geneva Sands, CNN 

Washington (CNN)   The Department of Homeland Security plans to begin requesting social media information on applications for immigration benefits and foreign travel to the US, an expansion of data collection already taking place.

Some foreign travelers to the US, as well as applicants for immigration benefits, will be asked to list their social media accounts and usernames for the past five years, according to a notice in the Federal Register. The information will be used to determine whether an individual "poses a law enforcement or national security risk to the United States."
Social media platforms that DHS will ask about include Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Ask.fm, Weibo, Myspace, YouTube and Linkedin. The agency says it will not collect passwords and will review only publicly available information.
 
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Learning About Facebook Risks

AUTHOR: Marcelina Hardy, MSEd, BCC

Many people are unaware of Facebook risks when they create a profile on this social networking site. Facebook allows people from all around the world to connect with old friends, and make new ones, using a community interface. However, despite all of the benefits of this social networking site, there are bound to be some risks.

Learning About Facebook Risks

Learning about Facebook risks will help you to safeguard yourself and your computer. You don't need to avoid this social networking site, you just need to know what to do and what not to do to stay safe.

Your Profile: Careful of What You Write

Recently, employers and college admissions staff have looked up applicants on Facebook in order to get a better picture of the person they may be interested in hiring or admitting. Creating an unflattering profile will surely have some...

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