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US to collect social media data on all immigrants entering country

The data collection has alarmed privacy groups and lawyers

Ron Nixon | NYT  |  WASHINGTON 

The Department of Homeland Security will soon begin collecting social media data from all immigrants entering the United States, part of what agency officials call an effort to more effectively screen those coming to the country but privacy advocates see as an unnecessary intrusion that would do little to protect national security. The department will begin collecting the information on Oct. 18, the same day the Trump administration’s new travel ban on citizens of seven countries and restrictions on those from two others are set to take effect. Green card holders and ...

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First Published: Fri, September 29 2017. 10:19 IST