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    US Department of Homeland Security Releases Privacy Documents

    The US Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Office has released several documents of interest (all are PDFs).

    A report on airline passenger data shared among the US and EU countries and the privacy implications of the datasharing. Chief Privacy Officer Hugo Teufel also wrote two blog posts explaining and defending the report.

    A Privacy Impact Assessment for State and Local Fusion Centers. A “fusion center,” according to the Department of Justice, is a “mechanism to exchange information and intelligence, maximize resources, streamline operations, and improve the ability to fight crime and terrorism by analyzing data from a variety of sources,” which includes private sector firms and anonymous tipsters.

    • Department of Homeland Security State, Local, and Regional Fusion Center Initiative, December 11, 2008 “Pursuant to Section 511 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (the ‘9/11 Commission Act’ or ‘the Act’), Public Law No. 110-53, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office is conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on the Homeland Security State, Local, and Regional Fusion Center Initiative (the Initiative). Under the Initiative, DHS will facilitate appropriate, bi-directional information sharing between the Department and State, Local, and Regional Fusion Centers. In addition, the Department will assign trained intelligence analysts to fusion centers, provided those centers meet a number of criteria set forth in the text. The Act requires the Department to complete a concept of operations (CONOPS) for the Initiative, including a PIA. The CONOPS also includes a Civil Liberties Impact Assessment, conducted by the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.”

    Guidance on privacy policy and implementation of the Fair Information Practices, which are the basis of numerous privacy frameworks.

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