Homeland Security: Continuing Attention to Privacy Concerns Is Needed as Programs are Developed

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DIANE Publishing Inc., 2007 - 24 pages
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Advances in info. tech. make it easier than ever for the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) & other agencies to obtain & process info. about citizens & residents in many ways & for many purposes. The demands of the war on terror also drive agencies to extract as much value as possible from the info. avail. to them, adding to the potential for compromising privacy. Recognizing that securing the homeland & protecting the privacy rights of individuals are both important goals, the author performed several reviews of DHS programs, & their privacy implications over the past several years. For this hearing, the author identified & summarized issues raised in its previous reports on privacy & assessed recent governmentwide privacy guidance.

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Page 7 - ... system of records" means a group of any records under the control of any agency from which information is retrieved by the name of the individual or by some identifying number, symbol, or other identifying particular assigned to the individual; (6) the term "statistical record...
Page 25 - There should be limits to the collection of personal data and any such data should be obtained by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the data subject.
Page 2 - ... .United States Government Accountability Office Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee: I am pleased to be here today to discuss...
Page 23 - Aviation Security: Secure Flight Development and Testing Under Way, but Risks Should Be Managed as System Is Further Developed.
Page 4 - Aviation Security: Transportation Security Administration Did Not Fully Disclose Uses of Personal Information during Secure Flight Program Testing in Initial Privacy Notices, but Has Recently Taken Steps to More Fully Inform the Public. GAO-05864R. Washington, DC: July 22, 2005.
Page 19 - In addressing this problem, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States...
Page 8 - US government advisory committee^ these principles were intended to address what the committee termed a poor level of protection afforded to privacy under contemporary law. Since that time, the Fair Information Practices have been widely adopted as a standard benchmark for evaluating the adequacy of privacy protections. Attachment 2 contains a summary of the widely used version of the Fair Information Practices adopted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 1980.
Page 9 - information security' means protecting information and information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction in order to provide — "(A) Integrity, which means guarding against improper information modification or destruction, and includes ensuring information nonrepudiation and authenticity; "(B) Confidentiality, -which means preserving authorized restrictions on access and disclosure, including means for...
Page 21 - I would be happy to answer any questions you or other members of the subcommittee may have. Contacts and Acknowledgements If you have any questions concerning this testimony, please contact Linda Koontz, Director, Information Management, at (202) 512-6240, or koontzl@gao.gov.
Page 8 - Among other provisions, the act also requires agencies to define and limit themselves to specific predefined purposes. For example, the act requires that to the greatest extent practicable, personal information should be collected directly from the subject individual when it may affect an individual's rights or benefits under a federal program. The...

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