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At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Define Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
  • List the potential consequences of not protecting PII
  • Discuss the required methods for collecting, using, sharing, and safeguarding PII, and
  • Report any suspected or confirmed privacy incidents
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In our mission to secure the homeland, DHS needs to collect personal information, also known as Personally Identifiable Information or PII, from citizens, legal residents, and visitors, and we are obligated by law and DHS policy to protect this information to prevent identity theft or other adverse consequences of a privacy incident or misuse of data. As DHS staff who might collect, use, or share PII, you need to:

  1. Know how to protect PII; and
  2. Report any suspected or confirmed privacy incidents.
Last Published Date: January 5, 2021

Privacy at DHS

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