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DHS/CBP/PIA-053 USBP Digital Forensics Programs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) conducts searches of electronic devices to identify violations of the laws CBP enforces or administers, including laws relating to the detection and apprehension of illicit goods and individuals entering and exiting the United States. Depending on the circumstances, CBP searches of electronic devices are conducted pursuant to different legal authorities. CBP is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to analyze standalone information technology systems designed to retain and analyze information collected from electronic devices collected pursuant to a warrant, abandonment, or when the owner consented to a search of the device, and to identify trends and patterns of illicit activities. This PIA does not include searches conducted pursuant to border search authority. CBP is publishing this PIA because the USBP digital forensic program collects, retains, and analyzes personally identifiable information (PII) obtained from electronic devices. April 2018

Associated SORN(s):

  • DHS/CBP-023 Border Patrol Enforcement Records
  • DHS/CBP-024 CBP Intelligence Records System
Last Published Date: May 10, 2019
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