Passport And Twitter Handle, Please: Border Agents May Soon Ask For Social Media Info

NPR June 29, 20162:55 PM ET 

The Department of Homeland Security might start requesting some travelers’ social media handles.

That’s according to a proposal submitted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection last week.

Providing such information would be optional, not mandatory. The Department of Homeland Security says it would provide “greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections” by giving investigators more tools to analyze.

The program allows residents of many countries to visit the U.S. without applying for a visa (which is required for visitors from the rest of the world).