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CBP is updating this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to notify the public of enhancements to e3 impacting personally identifiable information (PII), including: the new Border Enforcement Secondary Tool (BEST) for conducting secondary inspections at United States Border Patrol (USBP) Checkpoints; Subject Identification Tracking Devices (SID) to help track and log custodial actions of aliens in USBP custody; information technology modernization of the e3 system, known as “e3 NextGen;” and various new forms to ensure the safety and welfare of those in CBP custody.

DHS/ALL/PIA-027 Watchlist Service

DHS receives a copy of the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), the U.S. Government’s consolidated database maintained by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), to facilitate DHS mission-related functions, such as counterterrorism, law enforcement, border security, and inspection activities. In July 2010, DHS launched an improved method of transmitting TSDB data from TSC to DHS through a service called the DHS Watchlist Service (WLS). WLS maintains a synchronized copy of the TSDB, which contains personally identifiable information (PII) and disseminates TSDB records it receives to authorized DHS Components. DHS is updating this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to add the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fraud Detection and National Security-Data System (FDNS-DS) as an authorized recipient of TSDB data via the WLS. 

Case and Activity Management for International Operations (CAMINO)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) oversees lawful immigration to the United States and is responsible for processing petitions, applications, and other requests for immigration benefits and requests. Executive Order 13780, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect standard data on immigration forms and in case management systems. USCIS is now updating this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to provide notice of USCIS updating certain immigration forms and associated systems, such as the Case and Activity Management for International Operations (CAMINO), in support of the Executive Order 13780. Upon publication of this PIA, CAMINO will collect additional biographic and social media data elements necessary for identity verification, vetting, public safety, and national security screening. Additionally, USCIS is updating this PIA to clarify that the entire Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations (RAIO) Directorate now uses CAMINO and to update appendices to include new source and interconnected systems. This PIA update evaluates the privacy risks and mitigations associated with these changes including the collection, use, and maintenance of additional personally identifiable information (PII).

Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Verification Division administers the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program. SAVE is a fee-based inter-governmental initiative designed to help federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies confirm citizenship and immigration status prior to granting benefits and licenses, as well as for other lawful purposes. The purpose of this update is to discuss the changes to SAVE, including: (1) a new information collection, (2) the use of the Person Centric Entity Resolution microservice, (3) migration to a cloud-hosted environment, (4) transition from a paper-based process to a paperless process, and (5) to inform the public of USCIS’s use of information from SAVE in administering bonds posted as security for performance and fulfillment of the financial obligations of a bonded alien (someone who is not a U.S. Citizen) to the U.S. Government. USCIS is publishing an update to this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to describe the collection, use, maintenance, and disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII), as well as the risks associated with these updates.

S&T Invests Innovative Blockchain DLT Technologies

S&T opened a second release of its Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses funding solicitation to pursue new R&D opportunities in the area of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

Privacy Technology Demonstration

Video technologies can enhance public safety and security, however there are legitimate concerns that these surveillance capabilities could be misused to recognize and track individuals. DHS is engaging industry to develop and evaluate capabilities to address public concerns and still enable public safety organizations to safeguard our homeland. 


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) will use SurveyMonkey to create online surveys for external relations (communications/outreach/public dialogue).  DHS will also ​use SurveyMonkey to meet a mandate by the Federal CIO to provide customer satisfaction surveys on public-facing websites. DHS Office of Public Affairs (OPA) serves as the executive agent for the department’s use of SurveyMonkey and controls who at the Department has access to use the service.


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