Additional questions were added to the ESTA in December 2015 after the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act was signed into law. Those questions ask travelers where they have traveled, where they are citizens and where they hold passports, according to CPB.
The proposed one-question addition to the paperwork would be the only one that asks a traveler about their presence online.
“Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections,” CPB said. The social media information connected will provide officials with “an additional tool set” to help them better analyze and investigate cases, CPB said.