The Department’s Privacy Office partners with privacy staff in each Component to assess all new or proposed Department programs, systems, technologies or rule-makings for privacy risks, and recommends privacy protections.
The Privacy Office is responsible for evaluating Department programs, systems, and initiatives for potential privacy impacts, and providing mitigation strategies to reduce the privacy impact.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal statute. FOIA generally provides that any person has a right to request access to federal agency records. FOIA also establishes a presumption that records in the possession of agencies and departments of the Executive Branch of the U. S. government are accessible to the people, except to the extent the records are protected from disclosure by any of nine exemptions contained in the law or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.
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An overview of our compliance process and related documents, including PIAs, SORNs and Computer Matching Agreements.
Privacy investigations and Privacy Compliance Reviews
DHS empowers its cybersecurity programs to succeed by integrating privacy protections from the outset.
The Privacy Office sponsors periodic public events.
The Privacy Office releases a variety of reports related to privacy and FOIA.