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Dhs Creates Privacy Principles For Scientific Research

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed privacy principles for science and technology-related research and development projects that involve data mining. The DHS privacy office worked with the agency's directorate of science and technology to create the "transparency principle," which would have the directorate conduct privacy impact assessments for all research projects using personally identifiable information. By creating privacy impact statements from the inception of a project, the department would be able to clearly articulate and document the purpose of its research initiatives, as stated in the "purpose specification principle." The DHS also would publish the assessments for any non-classified projects. The principles are meant to assure the public that DHS will only use data that it needs and keeps secure. They also address privacy training for personnel involved in projects, audits, and a redress program for handling complaints and questions. DHS sent the privacy policies to Congress on Dec. 8.

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