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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/OBIM/PIA-005 Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM)-National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST) Data Transfer

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS or the Department) Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), through the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), which will be replaced with the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology System (HART), is the Congressionally designated lead provider of biometric identity services for the Department. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve quality of life. DHS and NIST, in support of efforts to increase the accuracy of OBIM’s biometric matching, entered into an Interagency Agreement (IAA or Agreement) for research, development, testing, and evaluation activities.

  • DHS/TSA/PIA-052 Checkpoint Information Management Web Application

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) performs a wide variety of transportation security functions, including, among others, the physical screening of transportation passengers and transportation sector workers. The traveling public often notices transportation security functions at TSA airport security checkpoints, but they also occur at other locations such as airport gates, airport worker sterile area access points, and national security events. To promote efficiency and uniformity in the reporting of incidents, TSA has developed a web application accessible from TSA-issued devices, the Checkpoint Information Management (CIM) Web Application, to permit the electronic submission of incident reports.

  • DHS/ALL/PIA-072 National Vetting Center (NVC)

    Through National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM)-9, the President has mandated the Federal Government improve the manner in which executive departments and agencies (agencies) coordinate and use intelligence and other information to identify individuals who present a threat to national security, border security, homeland security, or public safety in accordance with their existing legal authorities and all applicable policy protections. To achieve this mandate, the President directed the establishment of the National Vetting Center (NVC) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the purpose of coordinating agency vetting efforts to locate and use relevant intelligence and law enforcement information to identify individuals who may present a threat to the homeland. 

  • DHS/USCIS/PIA-071 myUSCIS Account Experience

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) operates myUSCIS Account Experience to engage benefit requestors and legal representatives, while they navigate and complete the immigration process, through an authenticated digital account experience. MyUSCIS Account Experience offers a personalized, authenticated, and secured account for benefit requestors and legal representatives, and replaces all aspects of the public facing USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS).

  • Memo on Information Regarding First Amendment Protected Activities

    Memo to DHS employees from Acting Secretary McAleenan providing information regarding first amendment protected activities.

  • DHS Biometrics Expansion

    Memo signed by Secretary John Kelly on May 24, 2017, directing the Department to enhance biometric collection practices to improve identity resolution and encounter management.

  • DHS/CBP/PIA-063 CBP Enterprise Analytics (CBP EA)

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) maintains large, unstructured, transactional databases to fulfill its various border security and law enforcements missions. To better understand and visualize patterns and anomalies within existing datasets, CBP is deploying Enterprise Analytics (a collection of information technologies and tools, known throughout this PIA as CBP EA) using internal datasets and other data sources available to CBP in support of its border security and law enforcement missions. These capabilities allow CBP to more effectively analyze and interpret existing data without changing or impacting the integrity of the data in the legacy source databases. CBP is publishing this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to assess the privacy risks and mitigations for the use of these data aggregation analytic tools, which will extract and use existing personally identifiable information (PII) for data analytics and visualization.

  • Collection Use Retention and Dissemination Personally Identifiable Information

    This Instruction provides guidance on responsibilities and procedures regarding the collection, use, retention and dissemination of personally identifiable information.  

  • DHS/CBP/PIA-021 TECS System: Platform

    The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection owns and operates the TECS (not an acronym) system. The TECS Platform facilitates information sharing among federal, state, local, and tribal government agencies, as well as with international governments and commercial organizations. CBP’s mission includes the enforcement of the customs, immigration, and agriculture laws and regulations of the United States and the enforcement at the border of hundreds of laws on behalf of numerous federal agencies. 

  • S1 Calendars

    This page contains the annual calendars for the current and past Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).