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DHS/CBP/PIA-001(f) - Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) Update National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), June 5, 2013, PDF, 9 pages, 269 KB.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is updating the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) in order to provide notice of the expansion in the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)’s “temporary retention” of APIS information due to the March 2012 release of the Guidelines for Access, Retention, Use and Dissemination by the National Counterterrorism Center and other Agencies of Information in Data sets Containing Non-Terrorism Information (AG Guidelines).

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DHS/CBP/PIA-002 - Global Enrollment System (GES)

Global Enrollment System, January 10, 2013, (PDF 32 pages, 6 MB).  The Global Enrollment System allows CBP to handle the enrollment and vetting processes for trusted traveler and registered traveler programs in a centralized environment.  Individuals who wish to participate in these programs voluntarily provide PII to CBP in return for expedited transit at designated U.S. border ports of entry (POE).  This PIA was conducted to describe CBP’s trusted traveler programs, including specific improvements to the Global Entry (GE) trusted traveler program and to the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES), which is the standard application process for almost all trusted traveler programs.  This PIA also describes CBP’s registered traveler programs, which include the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS) and the Decal and Transponder Online Procurement System (DTOPS).  The GES PIAs of April 20, 2006, and November 1, 2006, were retired upon publication of this PIA.

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DHS/CBP/PIA-003(a) - Filing Data (ACS/ACE)

Automated Commercial System (ACS)/ Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)- Importer Security Filing Data, December 2, 2008 (PDF, 17 pages - 230 KB) CBP is expanding and revising the collection of data from carriers and importers to the Automated Commercial System (ACS) in an effort to prevent terrorist weapons from being transported to the United States.

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DHS/CBP/PIA-004(g) - Beyond the Border Entry/Exit Program Phase II

Beyond the Border Entry/Exit Program Phase II, June 26, 2013 (PDF 23 pages, 3.5 MB).  CBP published this PIA Update to give notice of an update to the Beyond the Border Entry/Exit Program, which is an initiative of the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan. The Beyond the Border Entry/Exit Program will expand the sharing of border crossing information with the Canada Border Services Agency by exchanging biographic, travel document, and other border crossing information collected from individuals entering the United States from Canada and vice versa at land ports of entry. This PIA update covers Phase II of the Entry/Exit Program, which transitions the program from a pilot phase to an implementation phase. During Phase II, the United States and Canada intend to exchange and take operational action based on border crossing information for certain third-country nationals, permanent residents of Canada, and lawful permanent residents of the United States at all automated common land border ports of entry. DHS will publish additional updates to this PIA in advance of deployment of any subsequent phases to the Beyond the Border Entry/Exit Program.

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DHS/CBP/PIA-005 - Secure Border Initiative-net (SBInet)

Secure Border Initiative-net (SBInet), July 20, 2007, (PDF, 17 pages - 309 KB) The Secure Border Initiative-net (SBInet) is a CBP system designed to detect, identify, apprehend, and remove illegal entrants to the U.S. on and between the Ports of Entry (POE). This PIA addresses Project 28, which is a concept demonstration prototype for the SBInet program. This PIA has been conducted because SBInet collects and processes personally identifiable information (PII).

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DHS/CBP/PIA-006(c) - Automated Targeting System (ATS) Update

TSA/CBP Common Operating Picture Program, January 31, 2014, (PDF 7 pages 273 KB).  ATS is a decision support tool that compares traveler, cargo, and conveyance information against law enforcement, intelligence, and other enforcement data using risk-based targeting scenarios and assessments. CBP published this update to the ATS PIA, which was last updated June 1, 2012. This update evaluates the privacy impacts of the Common Operating Picture (COP) program, which permits TSA and CBP to share certain information about watch-listed travelers and their traveling companions, as a new part of ATS. 

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DHS/CBP/PIA-007(c) - Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) Update

Electronic System for Travel Authorization, June 5, 2013, PDF, 8 pages, 293 KB.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is publishing this update to the Privacy Impact Assessment to provide notice of a new information sharing and access agreement with the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) due to the March 2012 release of the Guidelines for Access, Retention, Use and Dissemination by the National Counterterrorism Center and other Agencies of Information in Data sets Containing Non-Terrorism Information (AG Guidelines).

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DHS/CBP/PIA-008 – Border Searches of Electronic Devices

Border Searches of Electronic Devices August 25, 2009 (PDF, 51 pages - 6 MB) CBP Officers and ICE Special Agents conduct border searches of electronic devices to determine whether a violation of U.S. law has occurred.

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DHS/CBP/PIA-009(a) – TECS System: CBP Primary and Secondary Processing (TECS) National SAR Initiative

TECS System: CBP Primary and Secondary Processing (TECS) National SAR Initiative, August 5, 2011, (PDF, 6 pages - 78 KB). TECS is the principal system used by officers at the border to assist with screening and determinations regarding admissibility of arriving persons. This update will evaluate the privacy impacts of identifying certain of the operational records maintained in TECS as Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) for inclusion in the National SAR Initiative (NSI), which is led by the Department of Justice on behalf of the entire federal government.

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DHS/CBP/PIA-010 – Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI)

Analytical Framework for Intelligence, June 1, 2012, (PDF, 30 pages - 296 KB). AFI enhances DHS’s ability to identify, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who pose a potential law enforcement or security risk, and aids in the enforcement of customs and immigration laws, and other laws enforced by DHS at the border. This PIA is necessary because AFI accesses and stores personally identifiable information (PII) retrieved from DHS, other federal agency, and commercially available databases.

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DHS/CBP/PIA-011- Intellectual Property Rights e-Recordation and Search Systems (IPRRSS)

Intellectual Property Rights e-Recordation and Search Systems (IPRRSS), December 11, 2012, (PDF 21 pages, 4MB).  The IPRRSS system collects, uses, and maintains records related to intellectual property rights recordations and their owners, and may collect PII about intellectual property rights holders, their agents, or their licensees.

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DHS/CBP-004 - Intellectual Property Rights and e-Recordation and Search Systems, January 15, 2013, 78 FR 3015

DHS/CBP/PIA-012 – CBP Portal (E3) to ENFORCE/IDENT

CBP Portal (E3) to ENFORCE/IDENT, July 25, 2012, (PDF, 17 pages -  3.2MB). E3 collects and transmits biographic, encounter, and biometric data including, but not limited to, fingerprints for identification and verification of individuals encountered at the border for CBP’s law enforcement and immigration mission.

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DHS/CBP/PIA – 013 Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), February 14, 2013 (PDF 28 pages, 5.8KB).  C-TPAT is CBP voluntary trade partnership program in which CBP and members of the trade community work together to secure and facilitate the movement of legitimate international trade. The program focuses on improving security throughout the supply chain, beginning at the point of origin (including manufacturer, supplier, or vendor) through a point of distribution to the destination. C-TPAT member companies, called partners, agree to implement certain security procedures throughout their supply chains to protect those supply chains from terrorist infiltration and other illegal activities that threaten the security of the United States. C-TPAT partners who undertake these protections receive facilitated processing by CBP. As a result, the program helps CBP achieve its twin goals of improving security while facilitating the flow of global trade. In the course of enrolling, certifying, and validating C-TPAT applicants/partners and their supply chains, the C-TPAT system will receive PII and confidential business information from the applicant/partner, as well as sensitive law enforcement information from existing law enforcement systems.

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DHS/CBP/PIA-014 Centralized Area Video Surveillance System

Centralized Area Video Surveillance System (CAVSS), May 24, 2013, (PDF 21 pages, 4.7MB).  CAVSS, a system of cameras and separate microphones recording video and audio, respectively, furthers CBP’s mission by collecting and maintaining video images and audio recordings of persons involved in any incidents or disturbances related to law enforcement at the border, including secondary inspections, while seeking entry or admission into the United States.  CBP conducted this PIA because CAVSS uses information technology to collect, maintain, and disseminate PII in the form of video and audio recordings. 

Associated SORN:  None.

DHS/CBP/PIA-016 - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form I-94 Automation

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form I-94 Automation, February 27, 2013, (PDF 14 pages, 325 KB).  CBP issues Form I-94 among other purposes, to provide documentation of the approved length of stay and departure of nonimmigrant aliens. The current form is paper-based and includes a detachable portion with an admission (I-94) number, which the nonimmigrant alien keeps while in the United States as documentation of status. CBP is issuing an interim final rule (IFR) to enable CBP to transition from a paper Form I-94 to an automated process in certain circumstances. This PIA will address how CBP is implementing the electronic Form I-94 pursuant to the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs).

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DHS/CBP/PIA-017  Non-Intrusive Inspection Systems Program

Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) Systems Program, (PDF 755 KB, 26 pages), January 16, 2014.  Part of CBP’s mission is to facilitate legitimate international trade.  NII furthers this mission by providing technologies to inspect and screen conveyances or cars, trucks, railcars, sea containers, as well as personal luggage, packages, parcels, and flat mail through either x-ray or gamma-ray imaging systems.  CBP Officers use NII systems to help them effectively and efficiently detect and prevent contraband, including drugs, unreported currency, guns, ammunition, and other illegal merchandise, as well as inadmissible persons, from being smuggled into the United States, while having a minimal impact on the flow of legitimate travel and commerce.  The imaging system used on the conveyance itself collects photographic and other images that may contain PII such as vehicle identifiers (e.g., license plate numbers). CBP conducted this PIA because NII systems use information technology to collect, maintain, and disseminate PII in the form of scanned, photographic, or video images.  However, NII cannot retrieve the PII by personal identifier (e.g., name); therefore use of NII does not require CBP to conduct a system of records notice pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974.

DHS/CBP/PIA-018 Aircraft Systems

Aircraft Systems, September 9, 2013, PDF 292 KB, 19 pages.  CBP employs several types of aircraft including manned helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for border surveillance and law enforcement purposes.  These aircraft are equipped with video, radar, and/or other sensor technologies to assist CBP in patrolling the border, conducting surveillance as part of a law enforcement investigation or tactical operation, or gathering raw data that may assist in emergency response.  Video, images, and sensor data collected through these aircraft systems alone cannot be used to identify a person, but they may later be associated with a person as part of a law enforcement investigation or encounter with CBP officers or agents.  CBP conducted this PIA to evaluate the privacy impact of these technologies.

Associated SORN:  None

DHS/CBP/PIA-019 Air and Marine Operations Surveillance System

Air and Marine Operations Surveillance System (AMOSS), July 22, 2013, (PDF, 3.6MB, 16 pages).  AMOSS is a sophisticated radar processing system that supports CBP’s mission to protect the American people and critical infrastructure. AMOSS integrates use of air, land, and sea resources in order to detect, interdict, and prevent acts of terrorism and the unlawful movement of people, illegal drugs, and other contraband toward or across the borders of the United States.  The system may collect and use PII from publicly available aircraft and airport data provided by the FAA, requests from law enforcement about suspects, tips from the public, and recordings of event and operations data. This Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) was conducted to provide notice and transparency to the public that AMOSS collects, uses, and shares PII.

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DHS/CBP/PIA-020 Export Information System (EIS)

Export Information System (EIS), January 31, 2014, (PDF 17 pages 368KB).  CBP developed the EIS System to collect, use, and maintain paper and electronic records required to track, control, and process cargo exported from the United States. EIS serves to enhance national security, to enforce U.S. law (including those laws related to cargo safety and security, and smuggling), and to facilitate legitimate international trade.  The exporting community must report export data containing PII to CBP so CBP published a PIA for EIS.

Associated SORN is forthcoming.

DHS/CBP/ICE/USCIS/PIA-023 Biographic Visa and Immigration Information Sharing with Canada

Biographic Visa and Immigration Information Sharing with Canada (BVIIS), February 10, 2014, (PDF, 1.97MB, 42 pages).  Under the BVIIS program, DHS makes certain biographic information from its systems of records available to the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) via query through the State Department’s Consular Lookout and Support System (CLASS).  CIC and CBSA will use the information to assist in the administration and enforcement of Canada’s immigration laws. Similarly, CIC and CBSA will make certain biographic information from the Global Case Management System (GCMS), which is Canada’s system used to process applications for citizenship and immigration services, available to DHS via query through CLASS. DHS will use this information to assist in the administration and enforcement of the United States’ immigration laws. This PIA provides notice to the public regarding the information sharing and resulting privacy impacts of the BVIIS program.

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DHS/CBP/PIA – 024(a) Arrival and Departure Information System

Arrival and Departure Information System (ADIS) – Information Sharing Update, March 7, 2014, PDF, 13 pages.   CBP updated this PIA, last published on August 1, 2007, to provide notice of a change in the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) temporary retention of ADIS information to three years for U.S. Person information and 10 years for non-U.S. Person information due to the March 2012 approval of Guidelines for Access, Retention, Use and Dissemination by the National Counterterrorism Center and other Agencies of Information in Data sets Containing Non-Terrorism Information (2012 NCTC AG Guidelines).

  • DHS/CBP/PIA-024 Arrival and Departure Information System (ADIS), August 1, 2007 (PDF, 19 pages – 295 KB). The ADIS PIA describes changes to ADIS corresponding to the publication of a new ADIS system of records notice (SORN). As now proposed, ADIS will be a DHS-wide system to serve certain programs, including those of the intelligence community that require information in support of the DHS mission on individuals who seek to enter or who have arrived in or departed from the United States. OBIM conducted this PIA update based on these proposed changes.

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Last Published Date: April 18, 2014
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