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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/ALL/PIA-092 Immigrant Military Members and Veterans Initiative (IMMVI)

    On February 2, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14012, Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans. In support of Executive Order 14012, on July 2, 2021, the Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new joint initiative, the Immigrant Military Members and Veterans Initiative (IMMVI). This initiative was formed to support the Nation’s noncitizen service members, and their immediate family members, and directed DHS and the VA to identify and prioritize the return of current and former U.S. military members, and their immediate family members, who were removed from the United States, to ensure they receive the benefits to which they may be entitled. 

  • DHS/USCIS/PIA-086 Employee Production Reporting Tools (EPRT)

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) uses multiple reporting tools, collectively referred to as Employee Production Reporting Tools (EPRT), to support the DHS workforce performance management program and promote a culture that values high quality performance. USCIS is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) because Employee Production Reporting Tools collects, uses, and maintains the personally identifiable information (PII) of members of the public.

  • DHS/TSA/PIA-051 Travel Document Checker Automation - Digital Identity Technology Pilots

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that aviation passengers verify their identity at TSA checkpoints. Typically, this is accomplished by the presentation of a physical identity document (ID) to the Travel Document Checker Officer. TSA is exploring the acceptance of digital IDs (a digital representation of a passenger’s physical ID on a digital device) to provide passengers with a secure, efficient, and touchless experience. This Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is conducted pursuant to Section 222 of the Homeland Security Act to address privacy risks in the use of digital IDs in the identity verification process at the checkpoint. January 2022

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  • DHS/TSA/PIA-050 Amtrak Rail Passenger Threat Assessment

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for security in all modes of transportation, including surface modes such as rail. Amtrak is a national passenger rail operator managing more than 300 trains a day to more than 500 destinations in the United States and Canada. To assess the operating environment from a risk perspective, Amtrak has requested that TSA assess the use of Amtrak trains by known or suspected terrorists. To conduct the assessment, Amtrak will provide TSA with rail passenger personally identifiable information (PII) collected over the course of several months for TSA to match against the Threat Screening Center’s (TSC) Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), commonly known as the “watchlist.” TSA is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) pursuant to the E-Government Act of 2002 because this assessment entails a new receipt of personally identifiable information on members of the public for watchlist matching.

  • DHS/ICE/PIA-060 ICE Pilot on Use of Body Worn Cameras

    ICE is publishing this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to evaluate the privacy risks associated with the potential use of Body Worn Camera technology on a wider scale and to address any issues related to the product selection, collection, retention, and storage of the information collected from Body Worn Camera usage.

  • DHS/OIG/PIA-003 Data Analytics Cloud System

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is responsible for conducting and supervising independent and objective audits, inspections, and investigations of Department of Homeland Security’s programs and operations. The Office of Inspector General’s Office of the Chief Data Officer (OCDO) established the Data Analytics Cloud System (DACS) to ingest, store, manage, and analyze information necessary for these audits, inspections, and investigations, as well as information necessary to improve Office of Inspector General’s operational effectiveness and efficiency. The Office of the Chief Data Officer acquires, integrates, and analyzes large volumes of data from Department of Homeland Security systems, other government agencies, public sources, and vendors that frequently include personally identifiable information (PII) and sensitive PII (SPII).

  • 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.