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DHS/S&T/PIA-001(a) - Border Network and Northeast Test Bed (formerly BTSNet)
Border Network and Northeast Test Bed (formerly BTSNet), August 23, 2012 (PDF, 8 pages, 298KB). The Border Network (BorderNet) (formerly named the Border and Transportation Security Network, or BTSNet) is a technology test bed developed and maintained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) located at the United States-Mexico border. The purpose of the test bed is to test and evaluate technologies in an operational environment that assist DHS Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field agents in securing our nation’s borders. S&T is updating the initial Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) (published January 2006) to reflect the addition of the mobile enrollment technology and surveillance cameras, and the deployment of an additional test bed site at the United States-Canada border, called Northeast Test Bed (NET-B).
- DHS/S&T/PIA-001 The Border and Transportation Security Network (BTSNet), January 18, 2006, (PDF, 13 pages - 150 KB).
DHS/S&T/PIA-005 - Project Hostile Intent Technology
Project Hostile Intent Technology, February 25, 2008, (PDF, 12 Pages - 211 KB). Project Hostile Intent (PHI) is a research effort by the Science and Technology Directorate to ascertain whether screening technology can aid DHS screeners in making better decisions by supplementing the current screening process (wherein a human screener evaluates an individual's behavior) with training and computers. This Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) addresses privacy impacts of this program, and specifically, the temporary storage of video images during field tests of PHI's performance with real behavioral data to ensure that it is effective in a "real world" environment.
DHS/S&T/PIA-006 - Protected Repository for the Defense of Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats (PREDICT)
Protected Repository for the Defense of Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats (PREDICT), February 25, 2008 (PDF, 36 Pages - 363 KB) The Science & Technology Directorate's Protected Repository for the Defense of Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats (PREDICT) system is a repository of test datasets of Internet traffic data that is made available to approved researchers and managed by an outside contractor serving as the PREDICT Coordination Center (PCC). The goal of PREDICT is to create a national research and development (R&D) resource to bridge the gap between (a) the producers of security-relevant network operations data and (b) technology developers and evaluators who can use this data to accelerate the design, production, and evaluation of next-generation cyber security solutions, including commercial products. A key motivation of PREDICT is to make these data sources more widely available to technology developers and evaluators, who are currently forced to base the efficacy of their technical solutions on old, irrelevant traffic data, anecdotal evidence, or small-scale test experiments, rather than on more comprehensive, real-world data analysis.
DHS/S&T/PIA-007 - Violent Intent Modeling (VIMS) Program
Violent Intent Modeling (VIMS) Program, April 25, 2008 (PDF, 15 pages - 176 KB ) This Privacy Impact Assessment describes the research and development objectives of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate's Human Factors Division Violent Intent Modeling System (VIMS). The goal of VIMS is to determine whether including social and behavioral theories and concepts (from established research) in a software tool that is used to analyze group behaviors and motivations will improve the ability of analysts to identify indicators that could predict group violence. The project will develop a social and behaviorally based framework of theories and concepts that includes modeling and simulation tools to improve the efficiency and accuracy of analysts examining the likelihood of a group choosing violence to achieve its goals. This PIA is necessary because personally identifiable information will be collected as part of the research and development effort.
DHS/S&T/PIA-008(c) - Facial Recognition Data Collection Project Update
Facial Recognition Data Collection Project, September 16, 2013, PDF 7 pages, 231 KB. S&T’s Resilient Systems Division has funded Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to perform a face video data collection at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA. S&T conducted this PIA to address privacy concerns raised by the collection and use of facial recognition data.
- DHS/S&T/PIA-008(b) Standoff Technology Integration and Demonstration Program: Biometric Optical Surveillance System Tests, December 17, 2012, (PDF 253 KB, 7pgs).
- DHS/S&T/PIA-008(a) Standoff Technology Integration and Demonstration Program Update October 14, 2010 (PDF, 20 pages – 1.8 MB).
- DHS/S&T/PIA-008 Standoff Explosives Detective Technology Demonstration Program (SODTP), July 21, 2008 (PDF, 20 Pages - 370)
DHS/S&T/PIA-012(a) - Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST)/ Passive Methods for Precision Behavioral Screening
Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) Passive Methods for Precision Behavioral Screening, December 21, 2011 (PDF, 7 Pages - 191 KB )The Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) project, managed by the Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences Division (HFD), Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) seeks to develop physiological and behavioral screening technologies that will enable security officials to test the effectiveness of current screening methods at evaluating suspicious behaviors and judging the implications of those behaviors. The FAST research is adding a new type of research, the Passive Methods for Precision Behavioral Screening (hereinafter FAST/Passive). The purpose of the FAST/Passive study is to build upon existing FAST research using volunteers and increase the performance of FAST primary screening procedures and to increase the ability to differentiate malintent through the inclusion of passive stimuli. The aim of the FAST/Passive study is to devise passive stimuli that will evoke malintent cues and incorporate these stimuli into the FAST screening project. The ultimate goal of the FAST screening project after the testing has been completed is to equip security officials with quantitative tools to rapidly assess potential and unknown threats.
- DHS/S&T/PIA-012 Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) Project, December 15, 2008 (PDF, 20 Pages - 195 KB )
DHS/S&T/PIA-013 - Security and Video Quality for the Public Safety Statement of Requirements Project
Security and Video Quality for the Public Safety Statement of Requirements Project, April 1, 2009 (PDF, 15 Pages - 207 KB) The Security and Video Quality for the Public Safety Statement of Requirements (SoR) project is a research and development effort funded by the Department of Homeland Security's Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate. S&T is funding Noblis Inc., a nonprofit science and technology organization, through a cooperative agreement to conduct several research efforts, one of which is to examine facial recognition requirements in emergency response operations. S&T is conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) because research staff will use images collected from individuals during this research project. This PIA will only cover the research and testing activities conducted during this project.
DHS/S&T/PIA-014 - FireGround Compass
FireGround Compass, April 1, 2009 (PDF, 14 Pages - 198 KB) The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) TechSolutions Program contracted with G&H International Services, Inc. to perform operational testing and evaluations on the FireGround Compass for first responder firefighter applications. Halcyon Products designed the FireGround Compass, a navigational device that helps firefighters reestablish their orientation within a burning or smoke-filled building should they become lost or disoriented. The purpose of this project was to test the features, functions, and operational readiness of the FireGround Compass through human testing of the equipment. S&T conducted a PIA for this project because G&H International collected the personally identifiable information (PII) of firefighter volunteers during the testing of the device.
DHS/S&T/PIA-015 - Comparative Case Studies of Radical Rhetoric
Comparative Case Studies of Radical Rhetoric, July 9, 2009 (PDF, 14 Pages - 170 KB) Comparative Case Studies of Radical Rhetoric is a research effort funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Directorate of Science and Technology (S&T), Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences Division (HFD). The goal of the research project is to determine whether various characteristics of the rhetoric expressed by groups are related to the groups' likelihood of engaging in violent extremist activity. S&T is conducting a PIA because researchers will collect personally identifiable information during this research effort.
DHS/S&T/PIA-016 - Critical Infrastructure Change Detection (CICD)
Critical Infrastructure Change Detection (CICD), September 4, 2009 (PDF, 22 pages - 275 KB) The Critical Infrastructure Change Detection (CICD) program (also known as the Wide Area Surveillance program) is a DHS Science and Technology (S&T) research program that is examining novel technical approaches to provide wide area surveillance and change detection capabilities to protect the Nation's critical infrastructure. S&T proposes to test a high resolution, 360 degree field-of-view video system that will accommodate multiple simultaneous users and also have change detection and tracking capabilities. A PIA is being conducted because system demonstrations will be performed in public areas within major US cities and will involve capturing images of persons and textual information in the public space.
DHS/S&T/PIA-017 - Sensor Web
Sensor Web, January 20, 2010, (PDF, 23 pages - 193 KB) The Sensor Web project is a research and development effort funded by DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) that seeks to develop and test the effectiveness of a smart sensor system for potential law enforcement and first responder applications. The technologies being tested - video recording technology and analytic tools to interpret and process that video - are technologies that potentially impact the privacy of individuals, both during the tests and in future live settings. This PIA contemplates the immediate privacy impacts of conducting the tests as well as the more general privacy impacts of the technology itself.
DHS/S&T/PIA-018 - First Responder Technologies (R-Tech) Program
First Responder Technologies (R-Tech) Program, May 13, 2010 (PDF, 14 pages - 203 KB) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responder Technologies (R-Tech) program often requires the collection of personal information and video recordings of first responder research volunteers in support of operational testing, evaluation, demonstration, and outreach activities. This privacy impact assessment (PIA) discusses the risks associated with the use of volunteers to test first responder technologies that are otherwise not privacy sensitive.
DHS/S&T/PIA-019 - Iris and Face Technology Demonstration and Evaluation (IFTDE)
Iris and Face Technology Demonstration and Evaluation (IFTDE) August 12, 2010 (PDF, 15 pages – 195 KB) As part of its Multi-Modal Biometrics Projects, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are investigating iris recognition as a promising biometric modality that may become suitable to support DHS operations in the near future. As iris recognition technologies mature, it is important to understand the capabilities and limitations of the technologies in operational settings, as well as what additional technology development is necessary to reduce technical risk in potential future acquisitions by DHS operational components. The purpose of this evaluation of iris recognition technologies is to conduct field trials/studies of iris camera prototypes under conditions and environments of relevance (e.g., humidity levels, amount of sunlight, etc) to DHS operational users to assess the viability of the technology and its potential operational effectiveness in support of DHS operations. S&T is conducting a PIA because biometric information is being collected from individuals detained in an operational setting.
DHS/S&T/PIA-020 - Research Projects Involving Volunteers
DHS/S&T/PIA-021 - Cell All
Cell All March 2, 2011 (PDF, 7 pages – 170 KB) The Cell All project is a research, development, testing and evaluation effort funded by the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) in the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T). Cell All is an environmental surveillance system that uses a typical cell phone as a platform for a sensor system to detect harmful chemical substances and transmit critical information, including location data, to first responder and other related monitoring agencies. With the sensors suite developed and fitted on a cell phone, S&T will conduct a demonstration of the prototype system using research-owned devices. While no personally identifiable information will be collected during the demonstration, S&T is conducting a PIA to address the privacy impact of the transmission of location data using the prototype.
DHS/S&T/PIA-022 - Biodefense Knowledge Management System
Biodefense Knowledge Management System (BKMS) May 4, 2011 (PDF, 21 pages - 262 KB) The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s (DHS S&T) Biodefense Knowledge Center (BKC) developed and operates the Biodefense Knowledge Management System (BKMS). The current generation of the BKMS, version 1.0, enables approved users to access and analyze biological sciences topics and related biodefense information to assist with their efforts to better understand or characterize biological threats, by offering an integrated suite of tools for managing and indexing scientific documents and information. In BKMS 2.0, S&T intends to add a component to the system to include data derived from the intelligence community (IC) and law enforcement (LE)-sensitive data. S&T is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) because such an addition will allow for a new function of the system for selected BKMS users, who are authorized to explore IC/LE data (which may contain personally identifiable information (PII)).
DHS/S&T/PIA-024 - Rapid DNA System
Rapid DNA System, February 8, 2013, (PDF, 8 pages, 250 KB). S&T developed the Rapid Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) System primarily to meet a need to verify family relationships (kinship) in refugee immigration processes. The Rapid DNA System performs rapid, low-cost DNA analysis to meet this need and may also address operational needs of DHS components. S&T is conducting this PIA because the collection and analysis of DNA information raises potential privacy impacts and concerns.
DHS/S&T/PIA-025 - Gaming System Monitoring and Analysis Effort
Gaming System Monitoring and Analysis Effort, October 11, 2012 (PDF, 7 pages, 157 KB). The Gaming System Monitoring and Analysis project is a research effort funded by DHS Science and Technology Directorate Cyber Security Division (CSD) to design and develop forensic tools for extracting data from gaming systems. S&T is conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment because gaming systems used in this research project may contain PII.
DHS/S&T/PIA-026 Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) Project
Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) Project, November 16, 2012 (PDF, 8 pages, 171 KB). DHS’ S&T Directorate and the State of Oklahoma are partnering on the Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) project to test and evaluate Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) for potential use by the first responder community and DHS operational components. SUAS include small aircraft that are operated using a wireless ground control station (GCS). The aircraft are equipped with sensors and cameras that can capture images and transmit them to a ground control system to provide aerial views of emergency situations and situational awareness. DHS S&T is conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to address the privacy impacts of the system’s surveillance and image capturing capabilities.
DHS-S&T-PIA–027 S&T TEST DATA
S&T Test Data, June 23, 2014, (PDF, 8 pages). An integral part of S&T’s mission is to conduct research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) on technologies or topics related to improving homeland security and combating terrorism. Some S&T RDT&E activities receive datasets from other DHS Components or partner agencies to test, evaluate, and provide feedback on certain research topics, technologies, equipment, and capabilities related to S&T’s mission. S&T published this PIA to establish baseline protections for test data provided by other DHS Components, other government agencies, or other data sharing partners. RDT&E test data that are covered by the PIA are listed in the appendix. The appendix will be updated as new projects, programs, systems, or other types of information collection are identified.
DHS/S&T/PIA-028 - Air Entry/Exit Re-engineering (AEER) Project
Air Entry/Exit Re-Engineering (AEER) Project (PDF, 12 pages - 321 KB) The United States Congress mandated that the Secretary of Homeland Security implement a biometric verification system to monitor the arrival and departure of foreign nationals entering and departing the country. The Secretary in turn directed the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Science and Technology Directorate to test various biometric verification systems for effectiveness and efficiency. This privacy impact assessment addresses the privacy risks and mitigation strategies associated with the testing phase of the Air Entry/Exit Re-Engineering Project.
DHS/S&T/PIA-029 Data Collection for the Centralized Hostile Intent Project
Data Collection for the Centralized Hostile Intent Project, June 9, 2015, PDF, 14 pages. The Centralized Hostile Intent (CHI) program within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) collects video images of trained actors posing as passengers, as well as members of the traveling public at the Theodore Francis Green Memorial State Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. The Centralized Hostile Intent program goals are to assess whether behavioral indicators of malicious intent can be observed by trained professionals (e.g., TSA Behavior Detection Officers) from video images in a remote environment. Remote screening offers the potential for the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) to expand the scale of its behavior detection program without correspondingly increasing staffing costs. The data collection involves collection of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in the form of video images that include the face and body of trained actors and members of the traveling public. This Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) addresses privacy issues associated with the collection of the video data for the Centralized Hostile Intent (CHI) program and updates the previously published PIA for “Project Hostile Intent Technology.”
DHS/S&T/PIA-030- Air Entry/Exit Re-engineering (AEER) Counting and Measuring (C&M) Project
- DHS/S&T/PIA-002 S&T Staff Management System, February 22, 2006.
- DHS/S&T/PIA-003 Science and Technology's Rail Security Pilot Study Phase II, July 12, 2006.
- DHS/S&T/PIA-004 Science and Technology's DisasterHelp.gov, December 19, 2006.
- DHS/S&T/PIA-009 RealEyes Project, July 21, 2008.
- DHS/S&T/PIA-010 Keeping Schools Safe, October 1, 2008.
- DHS/S&T/PIA-011 Reality Mobile Kentucky: Operational Field Test, October 24, 2008.
- DHS/S&T/PIA-023 Biometrics Access Control System at the Transportation Security Lab July 1, 2011.