New policies limit alcohol and warn against revealing Facebook comments.
The Secret Service has put the kabosh on late-night alcohol benders and morning-after Facebook posts: The agency issued new policies governing alcohol and social media use this week in wake of the drunken prostitue scandal in Colombia five months ago.
The new policy, obtained by The Washington Post, seems to target the kind of behavior most associated with collegiate life: Co-ed parties and over-sharing on Facebook. The two-pronged policy goes as follows:
Alcohol: No alcoholic beverages 10 hours before clocking in for work and absolutely no drinking in the hotel once the protected person arrives. “Alcohol may only be consumed in moderate amounts while off-duty on a [temporary duty] assignment and alcohol use is prohibited within 10 hours of reporting for duty,” reads the policy. “Alcohol may not be consumed at the protectee hotel once the protective visit has begun.”
Social media: Now agents have to sign a nondisclosure agreement warning of termination of job or prosecution if personal information about the protected persons are revealed or sensitive security information is disseminated.