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2012 National Fusion Center Privacy, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties Officer Workshop

On November 13-14, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis hosted the National Fusion Center Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (P/CRCL) Officer Workshop, in coordination with the DHS Privacy Office, the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) Program Management Office, and the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Fusion centers vigilantly develop, implement, and enforce P/CRCL safeguards to protect constitutional rights and to ensure that they are addressing their ethical and legal obligations while engaged in the fusion process. Through P/CRCL workshops and training fusion centers work to ensure that:   

  • Personnel understand the importance of protecting P/CRCL; and,
  • Intelligence systems are used in a manner that conforms to appropriate P/CRCL protection protocols and regulations.

This Workshop was one resource offered as part of DHS’s overall approach to ensuring that fusion centers are best equipped to protect individual privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. 

Specifically, the Workshop:

Additionally, the workshop featured technical assistance and guidance regarding:

  • Review of intelligence products;
  • Community engagement/outreach efforts;
  • Social media use;
  • Privacy policy compliance reviews and audits; and,
  • First Amendment protected activities.
Last Published Date: August 14, 2018

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