Information shared via ESTA application.

ESTA information sharing

The information collected by and maintained in ESTA may be used by other departments of the DHS on a need-to-know basis consistent with the department's mission.

Under current agreements between the DHS and the Department of State (DOS), information submitted during an ESTA application may be shared with consular officers of DOS to assist them in determining whether a visa should be issued to an applicant after a travel authorization application has been denied.

Information may be shared with the appropriate federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign governmental agencies or multilateral governmental organizations responsible for investigating or prosecuting the violations of, or for enforcing or implementing, a statute, rule, regulation, order or license, or where DHS believes information would assist enforcement of civil or criminal laws. Additionally, information may be shared when the DHS reasonably believes such use may assist in anti-terrorism efforts or intelligence gathering relating to national or international security or transnational crime. All sharing will remain consistent with the Privacy Act System of Records Notice, which was published in the Federal Register on June 10, 2008, and is available on the DHS Web site.

While carriers will not receive the ESTA application information that travellers provide to the DHS, they will receive confirmation of a passenger's ESTA status via the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) indicating whether an ESTA is required and whether authorization has been granted