U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued guidance that interprets certain confidentiality protections as ending at naturalization.

USCIS said it made this change because “the previous practice of maintaining 8 U.S.C. 1367 protections beyond naturalization created burdens for some naturalized U.S. citizens. This policy will result in naturalized citizens having full access to USCIS electronic benefit processing and critical customer service tools that are available to other U.S. citizens.”