Can the Social Security Administration Look at My Social Media Accounts?


Several members of Congress said last month that the Social Security Administration and administrative law judges (ALJs) have not done a good job reviewing claims to determine if they are fraudulent.

The representatives have proposed changes, including to social media policies, to review applicants.

Rep. James Lankford and Rep. Jackie Speier said Social Security Administration (SSA) employees should be allowed to look at the social media profiles of those applying for disability, saying that photos and other information people post can expose the applicants as able-bodied, according to the Washington Times.

Currently, the SSA has prohibited ALJs from searching the internet for incriminating evidence when weighing a person’s disability claim.

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