The Security, Intelligence, and Information Policy Section works with Department components and offices to ensure that civil rights and civil liberties protections are incorporated into the Department's information and physical security programs, information sharing activities, and intelligence-related programs and products.
Areas of Focus
- Intelligence Issues: Since 2009, we have reviewed Department Intelligence & Analysis products and work with Department Intelligence Community leadership and personnel to ensure that civil rights and civil liberties are addressed in the Department's intelligence community programs and products.
- Information Security: We review Department policies, procedures and programs that relate to the protection of information in both paper and electronic form, including Department programs that focus on the protection of information systems and networks that are connected to the internet.
- Physical Security: We review Department physical security policies and procedures that may implicate civil rights and civil liberties.
- Information Sharing: We monitor Department information sharing efforts by working with the DHS Information Sharing and Coordination Council and the Department Information Sharing and Safeguarding Governance Board to ensure that civil rights and civil liberties protections are incorporated into the Department's information sharing agreements and programs.
- The Department and state and local law enforcement and intelligence personnel: We provide subject matter expertise to CRCL's Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Institute in the development and implementation of various training programs, including training for Department and state and local law enforcement personnel.
- Issues, Resources, and Training for Fusion Centers and State, Local, and Tribal Justice and Public Safety Agencies. Developed by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice (DOJ), the site serves as a single point of access to the wide range of resources and training materials available in the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) that address privacy and civil liberties protections.
- Fusion Center Guidelines, Developing and Sharing Information and Intelligence in a New Era (August 2006) (PDF - 104 pages, 5.98 MB)
- The Department of Homeland Security's Commitment to Nondiscriminatory Law Enforcement and Screening Activities (PDF - 2 pages, 740 KB)
- Guidance Regarding the Use of Race in Federal Law Enforcement Activities (PDF - 11 pages, 580 KB)
- Department of Homeland Security Federal Information Sharing Environment Privacy and Civil Liberties Protection Policy, June 5, 2009
- Information Sharing Environment Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Protection Guidance (PDF - 15 pages, 216 KB)
- Department of Homeland Security DOJ Fusion Process Technical Assistance Program and Services (PDF - 4 pages, 255 KB)
- State, Local and Tribal Fusion Center Civil Liberties Impact Assessment (PDF - 9 pages, 196 KB)
- EO 12333 - Goals, Direction, Duties, and Responsibilities with Respect to the National Intelligence Effort (PDF - 22 pages, 280 KB)
- EO 13311 - Homeland Security Information Sharing (PDF - 2 pages, 23 KB)
- EO 13388 - Further Strengthening the Sharing of Terrorism Information to Protect Americans (PDF - 6 pages, 94 KB)
- Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies, 28 CFR Part 23
By mail or phone:
Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Building 410, Mail Stop #0190
Washington, D.C. 20528
Toll Free: 1-866-644-8360
Toll Free TTY: 1-866-644-8361