7/18/16 8:05 AM CT | Introduction by Steve Middlebrook
The Department of Homeland Security is proposing to collect social media account information from people crossing the border. In a very short, very cryptic, Federal Register announcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has given notice that it intends to modify several forms which foreigners are required to fill out before entering the country to collect information on travelers' social media presence. 81 Fed. Reg. 40892 (June 23, 2016). The proposal is disturbing because while it significantly impacts expressive activity, the agency's proposal, barely a page and half long, fails to address a number of legal issues, including implications for the First Amendment.
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