Excerpt from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2010 report that provides some background:
This is the DHS Privacy Office’s fifth comprehensive report to Congress on DHS activities that involve data mining, and the third report pursuant to the Data Mining Reporting Act. The Homeland Security Act expressly authorizes the Department to use data mining, among other analytical tools, in furtherance of its mission. DHS exercises this authority to engage in data mining in the programs discussed in this report, all of which have been reviewed by the Chief Privacy Officer for potential impacts on privacy. The DHS Chief Privacy Officer’s authority for reviewing DHS data mining activities stems from three principal sources: the Privacy Act, the EGovernment Act, and the Homeland Security Act, which states, in part, that the DHS Chief Privacy Officer is responsible for “assuring that the [Department’s] use of technologies sustains, and does not erode, privacy protections relating to the use, collection, and disclosure of personal information.”
The full report is available on DHS’s web site (pdf)
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