Say No to Social Media Surveillance of Immigrants — Leave a public comment by 10/18
The Department of Homeland Security wants to monitor immigrants on social media. We need your voice to say “NO.” Leave a public comment by 11:59pm on Wednesday, October 18th.
DHS announced last month its intention to monitor the “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results” of green card holders and naturalized US citizens. This information will be accessible every step of the way as people move through the immigration process. Digital privacy organizations and civil rights groups have come out in opposition. Now, we need you to oppose it too. Leave a public comment here by scrolling to the top right of the page and click on the green “Submit a Formal Comment” button.
Your talking points:
- Monitoring the social media of immigrants is a bad idea. It will have a chilling effect on the freedom of speech — something our democracy depends upon!
- It will also have a chilling effect on the freedom of association — the social media activities of non-immigrant citizens will also be caught by DHS surveillance if non-immigrant citizens interact with immigrants on Facebook or Twitter, for example. Our democracy depends upon the freedom of association too!
- There is no good evidence that surveillance of social media keeps the country safer.
- DHS’ new guidelines are too vague to be useful, and could lead to unrestricted data collection on millions of people.
If you are able, please consider a donation to the ACLU to help them fight this policy in the courts.