Great catch by Joseph Lorenzo Hall. As seen in the Federal Register, DHS is proposing to amend forms that are used in travel arrival and departure records (Forms I-94 and I-94W) and Electronic System for Travel Authorization. If they ask you nicely, will you tell them your Twitter handle and other social media usernames? And how long before they stop making this “optional” and make it mandatory?
DHS proposes to add the following question to ESTA and to Form I-94W:
“Please enter information associated with your online presence—Provider/Platform—Social media identifier.” It will be an optional data field to request social media identifiers to be used for vetting purposes, as well as applicant contact information. Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections by providing an additional tool set which analysts and investigators may use to better analyze and investigate the case.Show citation box
Current Actions: This submission is being made to extend the expiration date with a change to the information collected as a result of adding a question about social media to ESTA and to Form I-94W, as described in the Abstract section of this document. There are no changes to the burden hours or to the information collected on Form I-94, or the I-94 Web site.
More information here. You have until August 22 to submit your comments, while I wait for Joe Cadillic’s head to explode in 3…. 2….