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Privacy Recommendations for the Use of Cloud Computing by Federal Departments and Agencies Privacy Committee Web 2.0/Cloud Computing Subcommittee -- August 2010
Date CapturedThursday September 16 2010, 9:02 PM
bstract: Good privacy practices are a key component of agency governance and accountability. One of the Federal government's key business imperatives today is to maintain the privacy of personally identifiable information (PII) we collect and hold. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum 07-16 defines PII as "information which can be used to distinguish or trace an individual's identity, such as their name, social security number, biometric records, etc. alone, or when combined with other personal or identifying information which is linked or linkable to a specific individual, such as date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, etc." The purpose of this paper, and of privacy interests in general, is not to discourage agencies from using cloud computing; indeed a thoughtfully considered cloud computing solution can enhance privacy and security. Instead, the purpose is to ensure that Federal agencies recognize and consider the privacy rights of individuals, and that agencies identify and address the potential risks when using cloud computing.
Secretary Napolitano Outlines Five Recommendations To Enhance Aviation Security
Date CapturedThursday January 07 2010, 7:53 PM
Secretary Napolitano outlined the following five recommendations: Re-evaluate and modify the criteria and process used to create terrorist watch lists—including adjusting the process by which names are added to the “No-Fly” and “Selectee” lists. Establish a partnership on aviation security between DHS and the Department of Energy and its National Laboratories in order to develop new and more effective technologies to deter and disrupt known threats and proactively anticipate and protect against new ways by which terrorists could seek to board an aircraft. Accelerate deployment of advanced imaging technology to provide greater explosives detection capabilities—and encourage foreign aviation security authorities to do the same—in order to identify materials such as those used in the attempted Dec. 25 attack. The Transportation Security Administration currently has 40 machines deployed throughout the United States, and plans to deploy at least 300 additional units in 2010. Strengthen the presence and capacity of aviation law enforcement—by deploying law enforcement officers from across DHS to serve as Federal Air Marshals to increase security aboard U.S.-bound flights. Work with international partners to strengthen international security measures and standards for aviation security.
Today's Living on 'Today's THV at 5': Real ID Program
Date CapturedTuesday December 01 2009, 3:27 PM
Rebecca Buerkle writes - [Twenty-four states have passed laws or resolutions saying they will not comply. Other states that want an extension on the Dec. 31 deadline had until Tuesday to demonstrate they are making progress. But as many as 12 states may not be able to do so, making 36 states non-compliant.]
Fusion Centers and Intelligence Sharing
Date CapturedSunday August 09 2009, 6:25 PM
As part of the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative's (Global) efforts to develop fusion center guidelines, the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), in support of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), recommended the creation of the Fusion Center Focus Group. This focus group was tasked with recommending guidelines to aid in the development and operation of fusion centers. What Is a Fusion Center? A fusion center is an effective and efficient mechanism to exchange information and intelligence, maximize resources, streamline operations, and improve the ability to fight crime and terrorism by merging data from a variety of sources. In addition, fusion centers are a conduit for implementing portions of the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan(NCISP).
F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases
Date CapturedSunday April 19 2009, 5:40 PM
NY Times By SOLOMON MOORE -- Published: April 18, 2009 -- [Minors are required to provide DNA samples in 35 states upon conviction, and in some states upon arrest. Three juvenile suspects in November filed the only current constitutional challenge against taking DNA at the time of arrest. The judge temporarily stopped DNA collection from the three youths, and the case is continuing. Sixteen states now take DNA from some who have been found guilty of misdemeanors. As more police agencies take DNA for a greater variety of lesser and suspected crimes, civil rights advocates say the government’s power is becoming too broadly applied. “What we object to — and what the Constitution prohibits — is the indiscriminate taking of DNA for things like writing an insufficient funds check, shoplifting, drug convictions,” said Michael Risher, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union.]
Upgraded Biometric Technology Facilitates Visitors' Entry to the United States
Date CapturedThursday January 15 2009, 7:41 PM
For nearly five years, U.S. Department of State (State) consular officers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have collected biometric information—digital fingerprints and a photograph—from all non-U.S. citizens between the ages of 14 and 79, with some exceptions, when they apply for visas or arrive at major U.S. ports of entry. State consular officers began collecting 10 fingerprints from visa applicants in 2007. Collecting 10 fingerprints increases fingerprint matching accuracy and reduces the possibility that the system will misidentify an international visitor. It also strengthens DHS's capability to check visitors' fingerprints against the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) criminal data and enables DHS to check visitors' fingerprints against latent fingerprints collected by Department of Defense (DOD) and the FBI from known and unknown terrorists around the world.
Biometric Center of Excellence (BCOE)
Date CapturedWednesday January 14 2009, 7:54 PM
BCOE will enable the FBI to provide enhanced U.S. government services in the global quest to fight crime and terrorism with state of the art biometrics technology. Headquartered in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the BCOE is the FBI’s focal point to foster collaboration, improve information sharing, and advance the adoption of optimal biometric and identity management solutions across the law enforcement and national security communities.
U.S. set to expand DNA collections
Date CapturedMonday December 22 2008, 4:06 PM
Washington Times Tom Ramstack writes [The government is expanding collection of DNA samples beginning Jan. 9 to include anyone arrested on federal charges and many immigrants detained by the Homeland Security Department. Previously, DNA was collected only from people convicted of crimes. Civil rights advocates are up in arms. They say DNA sampling before conviction is another example of big government trampling the privacy of individuals.]
DHS to expand US-VISIT biometric collection
Date CapturedMonday December 22 2008, 3:15 PM
Federal Computer Week Ben Bain writes [The final rule published today in the Federal Register will expand US-VISIT to collect biometrics from: • The U.S. lawful permanent residents or “green card” holders. • People seeking admission on immigrant visas. • People seeking admission as refugees and or seeking asylum. • Some Canadian citizens. • Those who apply for admission through the Guam Visa Waiver Program. In many cases, Canadians will still not be required to give their biometrics when entering the U.S, nor will non-U.S. citizens under the age of 14 and over the age of 79.]
PRIVACY -- Congress Should Consider Alternatives for Strengthening Protection of Personally Identifiable Information
Date CapturedWednesday June 18 2008, 5:09 PM
In its report GAO identified alternatives that the Congress should consider, including revising the scope of privacy laws to cover all personal information, requiring that the use of such information be limited to a specific purpose, and revising the structure and publication of privacy notices. OMB commented that the Congress should consider these alternatives in the broader context of existing privacy and related statutes.
Report: Feds need better privacy protection for data
Date CapturedWednesday June 18 2008, 5:04 PM
USA reports, "Much of the way personal information is handled today, including being sifted through data-mining systems that search for patterns, is not covered by the Privacy Act of 1974, she says. As states begin collecting information in coming years to produce new secure drivers' licenses, government databases will get even larger. 'The government has no business collecting our personal information if it cannot ensure the American public it will be protected from identity thieves and other prying eyes,' says Caroline Fredrickson of the American Civil Liberties Union."
DHS wants biometric helping hand
Date CapturedTuesday June 17 2008, 1:10 PM
Five years after Congress ordered biometric tracking of foreign visitors leaving the United States by land and after spending millions of dollars on planning and testing that yielded limited results, the Homeland Security Department is now seeking the private sector’s help to address the challenge.
Registry of USG Recommended Biometric Standards
Date CapturedTuesday June 03 2008, 9:55 PM
This Registry of USG Recommended Biometric Standards (Registry) supplements the NSTC Policy for Enabling the Development, Adoption and Use of Biometric Standards, which was developed through a collaborative, interagency process within the Subcommittee on Biometrics and Identity Management and approved by the NSTC Committee on Technology. This Registry is based upon interagency consensus on biometric standards required to enable the interoperability of various Federal biometric applications, and to guide Federal agencies as they develop and implement related biometric programs.
Links to Biometric Technology Websites
Date CapturedTuesday June 03 2008, 9:41 PM
Government Sponsored Biometric Technology Websites
Date CapturedTuesday June 03 2008, 9:17 PM

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