The DHS Privacy Office's mission is to protect individuals by embedding and enforcing privacy protections and transparency in all DHS activities. All DHS systems, technology, and programs that either collect personally identifiable information (PII) or have a privacy impact are subject to the oversight of the Chief Privacy Officer and the requirements of U.S. data privacy laws.
The Privacy Office works with every Component and program in the Department to ensure that privacy considerations are addressed when planning or updating any program, system, or initiative. We strive to ensure that technologies used at the Department sustain, and do not erode, privacy protections. We also implement the Department’s Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs) governing the use of PII through a comprehensive compliance process.
The Privacy Office also:
- Evaluates Department legislative and regulatory proposals involving the collection, use, and disclosure of PII;
- Centralizes FOIA and Privacy Act operations to provide policy and programmatic oversight, and support implementation across the Department;
- Operates a Department-wide Privacy Incident Response Program to ensure that incidents involving PII are properly reported, investigated and mitigated, as appropriate;
- Responds to complaints of privacy violations and provides redress, as appropriate; and
- Provides training, education and outreach to build a culture of privacy across the Department and transparency to the public
Results and Reports
The DHS Privacy Office issues a variety of mandatory reports to Congress and the Department of Justice, including annual and semi-annual reports, data mining reports, FOIA reports, and computer matching agreement activity reports.
Leadership and Organization
The DHS Chief Privacy Officer is Philip S. "Sam" Kaplan.
- Authorities and Responsibilities of the Chief Privacy Officer
- Privacy Office Organizational Chart
- DHS Privacy Office Strategic Plan