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DHS privacy office eyes tech

Homeland Security Department officials today released DHS’ first annual privacy report to Congress, outlining work done in numerous areas, including technology. A primary goal of the department’s privacy office, which is the first Congressionally mandated one for a federal agency, is ensuring that technologies sustain “privacy protections relating to the use, collection, and disclosure of personal information,” according to the 112-page report. The office, led by Nuala O’Connor Kelly, chief privacy officer, is examining use of biometric technology, some of which is used in the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program for tracking foreign visitors. Kelly’s organization is also looking at radio frequency identification devices, such as those being tested in two airports to track baggage through the security process. Full Story

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