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Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

Privacy Incident Handling Guidance

The "PIHG" establishes DHS policy for responding to privacy incidents by providing procedures to follow upon the detection or discovery of a suspected or confirmed incident involving PII. 

This is DHS's breach response plan.

Revised and updated in December 2017

Written testimony of CBP, ICE, PLCY, and S&T for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security hearing titled “Overstaying Their Welcome: National Security Risks Posed by Visa Overstays”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Wagner, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations National Security Investigations Division Assistant Director Craig Healy, Office of Policy (PLCY) Screening Coordination Office Deputy Assistant Secretary Kelli Ann Burriesci, and Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency Deputy Director Bob Burns address the progress DHS is making to incorporate biometrics into DHS’ comprehensive entry/exit system and to identify, report, and address overstays in support of DHS’ border security and immigration enforcement missions.


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently learned of a vulnerability that existed in the software used by a DHS vendor to process personnel security investigations. The software gathers and stores sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) for background investigations

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