The United States government has started asking a select number of foreign travelers about their social media accounts.
The news came on Thursday via Politico and was confirmed to Mashable by a spokesperson for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after the new procedure reportedly began earlier in the week.
The process dovetails with what has been expected for months and has been slammed by privacy advocates.
Here’s what we know about the basics of the program.
Whose information is the agency collecting?
CBP is asking for social media info from anyone traveling to the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program, which means they’d be able to travel about the country for 90 days of business or pleasure without a visa. Read more…