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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/CBP/PIA-071 Operational Use of Familial DNA

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is implementing Familial deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing as a factor to determine if an adult claiming to be the biological parent of a child is, in fact, the biological parent. Such testing will help to identify individuals who are fraudulently representing themselves as a family unit when apprehended by DHS. Additionally, such Familial DNA testing is being implemented for purposes of complying with a court order in Ms. L v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 3:18-cv-00428 (S.D. Cal), which requires DNA testing prior to any separation of an adult and child based on concerns of parentage. CBP is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to provide transparency about the limited scope of DNA collection for the purpose of Familial DNA testing, which compares two DNA profiles (adult and child) to determine whether a biological parent-child relationship exists, and to outline and explain how CBP will mitigate privacy risks associated with Familial DNA.

  • DHS/ALL/PIA-091 Family Reunification Task Force (FRTF)

    On February 2, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 1401 and ordered the formation of the President’s Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families. The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS or the Department) is the Chair and is joined by the Department of State (DoS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) (collectively known as the Task Force). The Executive Order instructs the Task Force to identify and implement comprehensive strategies that will bring families back together, ensuring that the children and parents who were intentionally separated from each other at the United States/Mexico border are provided support. This Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is being conducted to analyze the privacy risks associated with the personally identifiable information (PII) collected as part of this effort and document the mitigation strategies implemented to ensure adequate protection of those individuals’ privacy.

  • DHS/S&T/PIA-041 Office of Industry Partnerships Portal (OIP Portal)

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of Industry Partnerships (OIP) manages a public-facing, standalone web portal (OIP Portal). The OIP Portal allows members of industry to submit proposals for Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) for DHS Research and Development (R&D)-related subjects, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). S&T is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to address the OIP Portal’s collection, use, maintenance, and dissemination of personally identifiable information (PII).

  • DHS/CBP/PIA-010 Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI)

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI) system provides enhanced search and analytical capabilities to identify, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who pose a potential law enforcement or security risk, and aids in the enforcement of customs, immigration, and other laws enforced by DHS at the border. Since the original Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), CBP has increased technical safeguards in AFI; added a new user role, additional DHS users, and additional data sources; and developed a governance process that includes the operational and oversight components of CBP.

  • DHS/ALL/PIA-090 Team Awareness Kit (TAK)

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for providing services and technologies to protect its workforce while increasing operational capabilities and enabling mission fulfillment. To this end, DHS has has enhanced and deployed Team Awareness Kit (TAK), a government-off-the-shelf application that enables near real-time location monitoring and display with operational personnel carrying devices.

  • DHS/I&A/PIA-001 Public-Private Sector Analytic Exchange Program (AEP)

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) acts as an Executive Agent for the Public-Private Sector Analytic Exchange Program (“AEP” or “the Program”) on behalf of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The purpose of the AEP is to provide intelligence community (IC) and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (FSLTT) intelligence analysts the opportunity to engage with volunteer private sector analysts to better understand select national security and homeland security issues. All participants are selected through a competitive application process. AEP participants work to create unclassified joint analytic deliverables of interest to both the private sector and the U.S. Government. I&A is publishing this privacy impact assessment (PIA) because I&A collects personally identifiable information from individuals applying to, and selected for, the AEP in order to verify their U.S. citizenship, facilitate entry into federal buildings, facilitate reimbursement of their travel expenses, and enable access to federally-maintained information technology platforms used to facilitate public-private collaboration.

  • DHS/USCG/PIA-031 COVID-19 Data Analytics

    The purpose of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) COVID-19 Data Analytics program ("COVID-19 Operational Software Suite") is to minimize USCG operational impacts (e.g., workforce readiness, COVID-19 Vaccine Support) during the COVID-19 pandemic. USCG is publishing this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to assess the privacy risks and mitigations of collecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Sensitive PII (SPII) associated with implementing the COVID-19 Operational Software Suite.

  • DHS/CWMD/PIA-002 Biological Detection for the 21st Century (BD21) Technology Demonstration (TD)

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Systems Support Directorate has been tasked and funded to evaluate networked biological detection and presumptive identification equipment for the purposes of informing the next generation detection of airborne bio-threats, as well as to recapitalize the BioWatch Program. To fulfill these responsibilities, CWMD is developing the Biological Detection for the 21st Century (BD21) Program. CWMD will install biological detection equipment at certain locations/sites as sensor nodes in various configurations. Each node is comprised of biological sensors, Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, a communications unit, meteorological sensors, and cameras, which are monitored and operated remotely (where possible). The sensor nodes capture environmental data and camera video/images which are transmitted to CWMD’s secure Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud for the purpose of developing algorithms and evaluating performance of the technologies. CWMD is conducting this PIA to evaluate the privacy risk associated with the use of this technology.

  • DHS/OIDO/PIA-001 Immigration Detention Case Management System

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of the Immigration Detention Ombudsman (OIDO or Office) is an independent office responsible for objectively and impartially reviewing cases submitted by, or on behalf of, individuals affected by potential misconduct, excessive force, violations of rights of individual detainees, or violations of law, standards of professional conduct, contract terms, policy related to immigration detention, or detention standards that occurred while in immigration detention by DHS officers, or other contracted, subcontracted, or cooperating entity personnel. Thereafter OIDO seeks to resolve the matter or provide redress as appropriate.

  • DHS/OIG/PIA-002 Office of Inspector General Video Management System

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is establishing the Video Management System (VMS), which is a system hosted within the Microsoft Azure cloud environment. VMS is storage solution for receiving, storing, and reviewing audio and video data in support of the investigations conducted by DHS OIG criminal investigators (Special Agents).