DHS is developing the DHS Data Framework, which is a scalable information technology program with built-in capabilities to support advanced data architecture and governance processes. This program will alleviate mission limitations associated with stove-piped IT systems that are currently deployed across multiple operational components in DHS. It will also enable more controlled, effective, efficient use and sharing of available homeland security-related information across the DHS enterprise and, as appropriate, the U.S. Government while protecting privacy.
DHS is developing three systems to test different capabilities needed to implement the program: the Neptune Pilot, the Common Entity Index Prototype (CEI Prototype), and the Cerberus Pilot. Each of these has a separate Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA).
DHS is publishing this PIA because the DHS Data Framework will use personally identifiable information collected from members of the public using information technology. This PIA covers the overall approach and vision for the program. As DHS develops the DHS Data Framework, this PIA will be updated.