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Office of Biometric Identity Management: Privacy Information

Privacy is an integral part of the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), formerly US-VISIT, and it is essential to the program mission. OBIM takes privacy into account from conception through planning and development, and during the execution of every aspect of the OBIM program.

  • Personal information collected by OBIM is to be used only for the purposes for which it was collected, unless specifically authorized or mandated by law.
  • OBIM has carefully monitored systems and security practices in place to protect the privacy of those whose data we collect and to ensure the integrity of that data.
  • OBIM  has a dedicated privacy officer to further ensure that the information collected is protected from misuse by anyone inside or outside OBIM.

OBIM Privacy Office Mission Statement

The mission of the OBIM Privacy Office is to uphold the privacy of people while protecting our national borders. We do this by adhering to the letter and spirit of U.S. privacy laws, complying with fair information practices (notice, choice, access, security and redress), by treating people and their personal information with respect and by ensuring a high standard of privacy protection.

OBIM Program Transparency

OBIM's privacy officer and personnel regularly coordinate with their counterparts within the government regarding federal privacy policies and initiatives and meet with interested stakeholders, including privacy and civil liberties organizations. Through ongoing public information and education efforts, coupled with the development and publication of Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) and System of Records Notices (SORNs), OBIM maintains accountability and transparency with regard to personal information. These documents are available to the public.

OBIM Privacy Contacts

For privacy questions and concerns related to OBIM, please contact:

  • OBIM Privacy Officer
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    Washington, D.C. 20528, USA
    Phone: 202-298-5200
    Fax: 202-298-5201
    E-mail: usvisitprivacy@dhs.gov

For OBIM Freedom of Information Act requests, please contact:

  • OBIM FOIA Officer
    Department of Homeland Security
    Washington, D.C. 20528
    Phone: 202-298-5200 phone
    Fax: 202-298-5201 fax
    E-Mail: US-VISIT-FOIA@dhs.gov
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