May 20, 2022

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Releases 2015 Data Mining Report to Congress

Publicly released earlier today by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office.
Direct to Full Text Report (also Embedded Below).
62 pages; PDF.

From the Foreword:

For each identified activity, the Act [The Federal Agency Data Mining Reporting Act of 2007, 42 U.S.C. § 2000ee-3] requires DHS to provide the following: (1) a thorough description of the activity and the technology and methodology used; (2) the sources of data used; (3) an analysis of the activity’s efficacy; (4) the legal authorities supporting the activity; and (5) an analysis of the activity’s impact on privacy and the protections in place to protect privacy. This is the tenth comprehensive DHS Data Mining Report and the eighth report prepared pursuant to the Act. [Our emphasis] Two annexes to this report, which include Law Enforcement Sensitive information and Sensitive Security Information, respectively, are being provided separately to Congress as required by the Act.

2015 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Data Mining Report

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