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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

USCIS EXAMINERS SNOOPING ON FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS

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A USCIS internal memo is circulating where the fraud detection folks give lessons on how Facebook, MySpace and similar sites work and how they are a treasure trove of personal information on applicants. This paragraph from the memo is just creepy:



The Internet has made it inreasingly easier for people to get connected with each other whether that is with long-distance family, friends, or to find new loves and friendships. Social networking sites are designed to allow people to share their creativity, pictures and information with others. Sometimes people do this to find romance, sometimes they do it to find friends with similar interests, and sometimes they do it to keep in touch with family. Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuels a need to have a large group of "friends" link to their pages and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don't even know. This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activitieys.


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In essence, using MySpace and other like sites is akin to doing an unanncounced cyber "site-visit" on petitioners and beneficiaries.



The memo is vague in terms of how USCIS examiners are to find information. Are they to set up fake identities and attempt to friend the "narcissistic" individuals who are indiscreet in who they accept as friends? Or are they just looking for information that is publicly available?


I'm guessing that examiners who have gotten a lot less busy in the last few years (noticed all those extra requests for evidence being issued?) are now going to have an excuse to play around a lot more on Facebook during work time. Ah, our taxdollars at work.


 




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  1. JC's Avatar
    "I'm guessing that examiners who have gotten a lot less busy in the last few years (noticed all those extra requests for evidence being issued?) are now going to have an excuse to play around a lot more on Facebook during work time"

    They haven't got any less busy, I would guess they are not working and are just plain lazying around. I have been following H1B extension of a friend, and got to know yesterday that they updated processing time statistics on uscis.gov. For H1B extension of stay petition the last case processing date hasn't moved a single day. I am not sure how those dates are calculated, but it was incredible that in a category not an additional day's case will be processed. Maybe they were busy creating facebook & myspace accounts :-P
  2. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuels a need to have a large group of "friends" link to their pages and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don't even know. This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activitieys."

    It should be illegal for an immigration officer to send a "friend request" to anyone with a purpose of finding out about their personal life. This is fraud, plain and simple.
  3. Kerry's Avatar
    I'm not surprised to see this memo. I had a fiancee interview in Ciudad Juarez, where the officer made the petitioner give the password to her email and myspace accounts, so that the officer could log in and see if there were communications between the couple and photos on the myspace account. I was horrified.
  4. F's Avatar
    I guess they need to have a reason to have access to FB at work So that they can play farmville or whatever latest FB thing is ...
  5. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    " I had a fiancee interview in Ciudad Juarez, where the officer made the petitioner give the password to her email and myspace accounts, so that the officer could log in and see if there were communications between the couple and photos on the myspace account. I was horrified."

    That's aweful. What a violation of privacy... These people have no idea of what's appropriate and what is not.
  6. Adi's Avatar
    If USCIS can find fraud using internet then good for them. I would encourage them to use any means necessary to catch fraud. But it should use proper channels to do it. It should get official access from facebook along with a court order to access any profile. They should clearly label themselves as USCIS officers and their designation. After all, when they visit any US site for random inspection, they will gain entry only upon identifying themselves and with proper authority granted by law.
  7. My 2 cents's Avatar
    Why not have the same access into the USCIS operations & files too? Then it's a fair & balanced deal. ACLU could have another lawsuit in their hand, if they wanted to.
  8. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    If any USCIS officer obtained access to personal pages of petitioners by misrepresenting him/herself, it should be investigated by the DOJ. I think overall we can agree that this is a giant waste of time for the USCIS to snoop on people and should be illegal; they go through FBI name checks for all the necessary stuff.
  9. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Kerry - You really should act on the incredible abuse your client suffered in Juarez. If you want my help with getting to the right person, let me know.
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