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Privacy

The DHS Privacy Office is responsible for evaluating the Department programs, systems, and initiatives for potential privacy impacts, and providing strategies to reduce the privacy impact.

  • DHS/USCG/PIA-022 Coast Guard Maritime Information eXchange

    DHS/USCG/PIA-022 Coast Guard Maritime Information eXchange 

  • DHS/ALL/PIA-042 CCTV Systems

    DHS and its components deploy a number of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) systems throughout the department (See Appendix for detailed list).

  • DHS/CBP/PIA-073 Advance Travel Authorization (ATA)

    New Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to provide notice and assess the privacy risks associated with the new, voluntary Advance Travel Authorization (ATA).

  • DHS/ICE/PIA-064 Immigration and Customs Enforcement Operational Use of Publicly Available Information Including Social Media Information for Law Enforcement Investigations

    This Privacy Impact Assessment focuses on the collection and use of publicly available information including social media information for law enforcement investigations, leaving in-depth analysis of maintenance and sharing to the respective Privacy Impact Assessments for ICE systems in which the data is ultimately stored.

  • DHS/CBP/PIA-079 Guam-Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program

    In general, nonimmigrant visitors to the U.S. territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) are required to obtain a visa from the U.S. Department of State before being admitted. CBP created the Guam-Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (G-CNMI) Visa Waiver Program (VWP) which allows certain nonimmigrant visitors to seek admission to Guam and/or the CNMI without a visa for a period of authorized stay not to exceed 45 days. Nonimmigrants use the Form I-736, Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Information, to determine eligibility to travel under the G-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is publishing this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to provide notice and assess the privacy risks associated with the G-CNMI Visa Waiver Program, including the newly created restricted sub-program CNMI Economic Vitality & Security Travel Authorization Program (EVS-TAP), and the newly established electronic Form I-736, which is used to grant travel authorization to nonimmigrants prior to their embarkation to Guam or the CNMI. January 2024

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), published on August 15, 2013. 1 The purpose of this update is to discuss changes to Form I-821D, Consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, primarily in support of the DACA renewal requests. USCIS has revised Form I-821D to allow for both initial and renewal DACA requests.

  • DHS/ALL/PIA-031 Use of Social Networking Interactions and Applications Communications/Outreach/Public Dialogue

    This PIA analyzes DHS' use of social networking and how these interactions and applications could result in DHS receiving PII.

  • 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.

  • DHS/CBP/PIA-076 Collection of Advance Information from Certain Undocumented Individuals on the Land Border

    CBP is conducting this new standalone PIA to provide full transparency on this initiative and fully assess the risks associated with this collection.

  • DHS/TSA/PIA-046 Travel Document Checker Automation Using Facial Identification

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will enhance the identity verification of passengers by using facial verification technology at airports. In a previous proof of concept, TSA used a Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) device equipped with a camera (CAT-C) to validate that the identity document presented by the passenger was authentic and to compare the passenger’s live facial image against the image from the passenger’s identity document. Building on its previous work, TSA will now network the CAT-C to the TSA Secure Flight system so that passenger boarding pass information can be passed from Secure Flight to the CAT-C. This will provide improved real-time boarding pass instructions with improved identity matching and reduced physical handling of travel documents to limit unnecessary exposure, such as during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.