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DHS/ALL/PIA-080 CBP and ICE DNA Collection


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as federal law enforcement agencies, are statutorily mandated to collect deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from certain individuals who come into their custody. CBP and ICE began to collect DNA from persons who are detained under the authority of the United States consistent with the DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005.1 To support this effort, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Laboratory (“FBI Laboratory”) provides Buccal Collection Kits to both CBP and ICE. CBP and ICE use these kits collect the DNA via buccal cheek swab and send the DNA samples to the FBI, which in turn process them and store the resulting DNA profile in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) National DNA Index System (NDIS) (CODIS/NDIS). NDIS contains DNA profiles contributed by federal and state agencies and participating forensic laboratories. CBP and ICE are conducting this joint Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to provide notice to the public of this biometric collection and to analyze the associated privacy risks. DHS is reissuing this PIA, originally published January 3, 2020, to note that CBP Office of Field Operations is expanding the minimum age for DNA collection from 18 to 14. Originally published in January 2020; Reissued July 2020.

Associated SORN(s)

  • DHS/CBP-023 Border Patrol Enforcement Records (BPER)
  • DHS/CBP-011 U.S. Customs and Border Protection TECS
  • DHS/ICE-011 Criminal Arrest Records and Immigration Enforcement Records (CARIER)
Attachment Ext. Size Date
DHS/ALL/PIA-080 CBP and ICE DNA Collection - July 2020 PDF 524.02 KB 10/02/2020
Last Updated: 03/31/2023
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