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Border agents may soon ask for social media info

Proving once again the impact of social media on politics, and even more so on international relations, the Department of Homeland Security is considering asking for social media handles, in specific circumstances.

A proposal titled Agency Information Collection Activities: Arrival and Departure Record and Electronic System for Travel Authorization was introduced last week by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. The policy would be optional, and would change the game for travelers entering the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program.

The proposal has gained criticism from both liberals and conservatives alike, but draws comparisons with regulation proposed after individuals in the Visa Waiver Program were discovered to have had a part in the Paris attacks last November.

Read more at KUOW.