Clarke Willmott issues warning to lawyers and staff traveling to US
Clarke Willmott has notified its lawyers and staff traveling to the US that they should not comply with any requests from US border personnel who request social media or phone contact access. According to the firm, complying with these requests could break client confidentiality agreements and UK regulations.
As of December 2016, visitors entering the US from countries involved in the visa waiver programme may be asked about their social media presence through the programme’s online system. Providing social media data, such as usernames, is currently optional, although some worry that the new administration may make it compulsory.