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DHS/ICE/PIA-050 Rapid DNA Operational Use


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is deploying Rapid DNA technology as a factor to determine if removable noncitizens who represent themselves as a noncitizen in a family unit (NFM), or noncitizen encountered as part of a family unit when apprehended by DHS do, in fact, have a bona fide parent-child relationship. Rapid DNA technology performs a relatively quick (90 minutes), low-cost DNA analysis to meet this need. ICE is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the following reasons:

  • To provide transparency about the limited scope of Rapid DNA use, which simply compares two DNA profiles (of the adult and child) to determine whether a parent-child relationship exists;
  • To outline the privacy risks involved in using Rapid DNA technology; and
  • To explain how ICE will mitigate any risks pertaining to privacy.

Associated SORN(s)

  • DHS/ICE-009 External Investigations
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DHS/ICE/PIA-050 Rapid DNA Operational Use - June 2019 PDF 377.27 KB
Last Updated: 03/31/2023
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