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December 23, 2016

Border officials in the US started asking foreign travellers to provide information on their Facebook, Twitter, and other accounts on Tuesday, according to Politico.

Travellers arriving into the US on the visa waiver programme, which enables people to travel to the US for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa, are now being given the “option” to “enter information associated with your online presence,” a US government official told Politico on Thursday.

The move is designed to help the Department of Homeland Security to vet people and spot potential terrorists that are trying to enter the country, but privacy campaigners have attacked the idea ever since it was proposed in June.

When travellers are filling out their Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), a drop down menu now reportedly gives travellers the option to provide their account names for Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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