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    DHS Privacy Office Releases 2011 Annual Report

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Office has released its annual report (DHS pdf; archive pdf) for the period of July 2010 to June 2011. The report lists the office’s activities and accomplishments for the period, including international activities. Here’s a bit from the Executive Summary:

    Accomplishments within DHS:

    • Approved and published 68 Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) and 20 System of Records Notices (SORNs), on Department programs, systems, and initiatives.
    • Developed a DHS “Privacy Policy and Compliance” Management Directive reinforcing Department privacy policy based on the FIPPs and detailing privacy-related responsibilities of all DHS employees.
    • Enhanced privacy training and awareness by launching a new intranet site featuring the Office’s privacy and FOIA training resources, distributing a two-page factsheet detailing best practices for safeguarding Sensitive PII, developing a new online A Culture of Privacy Awareness annual mandatory training course, and providing guidance to components developing component-specific privacy training.
    • Investigated, mitigated, and closed 88% of reported privacy incidents.
    • Used the Chief Privacy Officer’s statutory investigative authority under Section 802 of the 9/11 Commission Act for the first time, to investigate and then publish a report and recommendations on a privacy incident involving the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) and KPMG, a DHS contractor. […]

    Accomplishments in the International Community:

    • Provided considerable privacy expertise during ongoing negotiations of significant international agreements as part of DHS and United States Government negotiating teams to ensure consistency with U.S. privacy law and policy. Examples include negotiations of the U.S. – EU Passenger Name Record Agreement, the U.S. – EU Data Protection and Privacy Agreement, and the Five Country Conference.
    • Encouraged international partners to adopt privacy best practices, such as implementation of internationally recognized FIPPs, and to use model compliance documents, such as the DHS PIA, to implement bilateral and multilateral information sharing arrangements.

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