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DHS/CBP/PIA-014 Centralized Area Video Surveillance System

The Centralized Area Video Surveillance System (CAVSS) — a system of cameras and separate microphones recording video and audio, respectively— furthers the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) mission by collecting and maintaining video images and audio recordings of persons involved in any incidents or disturbances related to DHS/CBP law enforcement at the border, including inspection areas, while seeking entry or admission into the United States. CAVSS uses information technology to collect, maintain, and disseminate personally identifiable information (PII) in the form of video and audio recordings. CBP previously published a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) discussing the use of CAVSS at land border locations. CBP is updating and reissuing this PIA in full to provide notice of the widespread deployment of CAVSS throughout the CBP enterprise. June 2018

Associated SORN(s):

  • DHS/ALL-023 Department of Homeland Security Personnel Security Management
  • DHS/ALL-024 Department of Homeland Security Facility and Perimeter Access Control and Visitor Management
  • DHS/ALL-025 Law Enforcement Authority in Support of the Protection of Property Owned, Occupied, or Secured by the Department of Homeland Security System of Records
  • DHS/CBP-011 TECS
  • DHS/CBP-023 Border Patrol Enforcement Records
  • DHS/CBP-024 Intelligence Records System (CIRS) System of Records
Attachment Ext. Size Date
DHS/CBP/PIA-014(a) Centralized Area Video Surveillance System (CAVSS) - June 2018 PDF 393.05 KB
Centralized Area Video Surveillance System (CAVSS), May 24, 2013 PDF 4.74 MB
Last Updated: 09/01/2022
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