"Online footprint" screening for visa application

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  1. chainbolt

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    It's not in place yet, as I found out recently. But it's just a matter of time, and other countries will follow. For sure China will implement this as soon as possible as well. They are already now very carefully scrutinizing the data in an application.
     
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    Do visa applicants have 1st amendment rights
     
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    The proposal had 60 days to be reviewed and an outcome stated once it was placed on the federal register. This hasn't come into effect.

    Y'all can stop worrying about the sky falling on your head.
     
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    If you define it as human right, I think they have. Otherwise I think the rights granted in the US Constitution apply only for US citizens.
     
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    See Boumediene v. Bush
     
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    I don't have any social media. If I ever travelled to the US I see problems at the border as they looked up from checking their FriendFace and accused me of lying.
     
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    I think you are mistaken.

    OCAU IS "social media". If you post here, (in theory) you would be obliged to disclose your OCAU handle - assuming that the regulation goes into effect. They want to know whether you post any US threatening or unfriendly staff.
     
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    That will probably on how they define/interpret 'social media'.

    If you consider there being a need to the more application style features of a "Web 2.0" then I wouldn't consider a forum to count. That being said I certainly wouldn't want to have the argument with the border security person as they tend not to have a sense of humour. Ultimately it will be their definition that counts, not yours or mine :).
     
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    Isn’t this much like HR 101 look up social media of intended applicants.

    Of course HR don’t usually ask for user name passwords, but theses days, with LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and countless others it’s not hard to weed out the obvious candidates.

    I’m not talking benign photos like people being drunk at a party, but big bullseye warning signs like Nazi banner on Facebook profile page.
     
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    Could get quite tedious listing them all for some netizens who are on many websites :leet:
     
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    To be fair, if you refer to yourself as a netizen, you should probably be banned from the US anyway.
     
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    Regardless whether this specific US regulation will be enforced as explained in the article, or not, I think sooner or later similar or even more far reaching checks of our "netizen" personality will become routine procedure for visa applications. In particular totalitarian regimes like China or Russia have the motive (and the means) to do this. And for any country, "protection against terrorism" works always as justification for such measures. Surveillance and data storage are constantly "improving". 20 years ago, it was unheard off that you get fingerprinted and pictured during immigration, and now even developing countries do this. Digitalization is not always to our benefit.
     
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    So, it's going to happen:

    US demands social media details from visa applicants

    Now, for sure: A public community platform like OCAU is a social media.
     
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    Not officially. Just broadened by the OP.
     
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    It is not clear by the latest article. But OCAU would certainly not make it to the top 20. :D
     
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    /me strikes USofA off of future travel plans.
     
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