On August 29, 2011, USCIS announced a “Business Transformation Regulation.” It essentially heralds a government initiative to become more modernized. Over the next couple of years, USCIS will slowly be moving from a paper-based filing system to a computer based one, where customers will have unique account numbers which will allow them to not only e file documents, but also respond to Requests for Evidence, check case status, etc. I suppose this is a positive trend, as our society is so heavily computer based. However, I can’t help but worry about the large immigrant population of our society who are elderly and not computer saavy. There are also privacy issues, which in this day and age of the internet, is always a concern because it seems like every couple of months some computer database is compromised by hackers or worse, cyber-terrorists. Technology is without a doubt, a great benefit to our society, but it does bring with it a whole host of different problems…. The government is accepting public comments on this proposed regulation. Suggestions, criticisms, and comments are due by October 28, 2011. The regulations will become effective this November.
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