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Privacy Oversight

The DHS Privacy Office serves as both an advisor and oversight body for the Department’s privacy-sensitive programs and systems.

Privacy Compliance Reviews

The Privacy Compliance Review (PCR) is designed as a collaborative effort to help improve a program’s ability to comply with existing privacy compliance documentation, including Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA), System of Records Notices (SORN), formal agreements such as Memoranda of Understanding or Memoranda of Agreements, or at the DHS Chief Privacy Officer’s discretion. A PCR may result in a public report or internal recommendations, depending upon the sensitivity of the program under review.

The DHS Privacy Office tracks implementation of PCR recommendations based on supporting evidence provided by the Component Privacy Office and/or Program reviewed.  PCR recommendations that have yet to be implemented according to DHS Instruction 047-01-004 are listed here:

Completed PCRs in alphabetical order:

Privacy Investigations

Although the PCR is designed as a proactive and constructive mechanism, it is possible that potentially egregious behavior could be uncovered during the PCR. Should this occur, the DHS Privacy Office will either refer the matter to the DHS Office of Inspector General to investigate, or convert the PCR into a formal investigation conducted under the Chief Privacy Officer’s investigative authority. The DHS Chief Privacy Officer is authorized to conduct investigations and issue reports relating to the administration of the programs and operations of the Department as are, in the senior official’s judgment, necessary or desirable.


Last Published Date: March 31, 2020

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