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DHS to collect social media information on certain CBP and USCIS forms

  1. Original Date Announced

    February 10, 2020

    DHS is proposing to amend certain CBP and USCIS forms to collect information regarding the social media platforms used by applicants during the past five years and to collect social media identifiers. DHS intends to collect this information from the following CBP program/forms: Form I-94W, EVUS, and ESTA, as well as the following USCIS forms: N-400, I-131, I-192, I-485, I-589, I-590, I-730, I-751, I-829. [ID #1048]

    Supporting Statement Submitted to OMB Agency Information Collection Activities: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Social Media Information on Immigration and Foreign Travel Forms
  3. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    April 2, 2021

    OMB Disapproval

    This Biden Administration disapproved the Trump-era policy identified in this entry, preventing it from taking effect.

    On 04/02/2021, OIRA disapproved this information collection request in part because the agency did not "adequately demonstrate the practical utility of collecting this information." OIRA further noted that "the Executive Order directing the collection of this information has also been rescinded."

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Current Status

Not in effect

Most Recent Action

April 2, 2021 Action: Revoked/Replaced OMB Disapproval
April 2, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Proposed
Trump Administration Action: Forms and Information Collection
Agencies Affected: CBP USCIS


  • Brennan Center for Justice and 41 other privacy, civil rights, and immigrants’ rights organizations submit joint comment opposing social media collection

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