Traveling friends, a passport, visa or a clean criminal record will not be enough. From now on, in fact, those who want to travel to the United States will also have to be analyzed through their own glowing ones profiles social media.
L'US Customs and Border Protection (the agency that controls the American borders) is committed to the development of a new control system. Anyone wishing to enter the United States will be asked for information on their online activities. A mechanism to evaluate from one's own statements a rate of "social reputation" to then be evaluated as suitable or not for the trip.
For the moment, this is a completely optional check (whoever wants to can refuse to fill in the "social" form). A control concerning who will want to travel through theESTA (an electronic verification system that allows you to travel without a visa).
What kind of control, we ask ourselves, does the United States carry out on our social profiles and on our general Internet activities?
The aim should be anti-terrorist. One way to avoid possible threats, as explained by a government spokesman who spoke of a simple "precautionary measure".
However, all the data collected will be used to "improve the investigation process and provide more data and tools for analysts or investigators to work with," but the first controversies have already arisen.
Privacy doubts are naturally many and widespread. The future seems increasingly characterized by a strong collection of increasingly widespread data on citizens.