Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Facebook, Twitter, and USCIS

A CIS internal memo has be circulating which instucts DHS Fraud Detection officers on how to use social networking websites, such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, in order to detect fraud in immigration cases.  According to the memo, these sites prove "an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioner who are suspected of fraudulent activities."  Noting that people generally speak honestly on these sites, the memo states they give FDNS "an opportunity to reveal fraud by browsing these sites to see if petitioners and beneficiaries are in a valid relationship or are attempting to deceive CIS about their relationship."  Summing up, the memo states that "using MySpace and other like sites is akin to doing an unabbounced cyber 'site-visit' on petitioners and beneficiaries."

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