DHS Releases Privacy Technology Implementation Guide and Incident Handling Guidance

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 30, 2008

  • Privacy Technology Implementation Guide (PTIG), August 2007 (PDF, 36 pages): “The Privacy Office developed a new general guide for technology managers and developers to integrate privacy protections into operational IT systems. This new guide, the Privacy Technology Implementation Guide (PTIG) combines elements of privacy protection from disparate privacy compliance requirements, as well as a administrative policies and procedures into a single document, contextualized for managers and developers of operational systems. The PTIG is designed to allow each Component the flexibility to adapt privacy considerations to the way that Component does business while retaining a common DHS approach. The result is a new guide that provides early awareness of privacy issues and the aspects of systems that can be managed and developed to address privacy issues and streamline the process of complying with existing privacy protection requirements.”
  • Privacy Incident Handling Guidance (PIHG), September 2007 (PDF, 109 pages): “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a duty to safeguard personally identifiable information (PII) in its possession and to prevent the breach of PII in order to maintain the public’s trust. The Privacy Incident Handling Guidance (PIHG) serves this purpose by informing DHS organizations, employees, senior officials, and contractors of their obligation to protect PII and by establishing procedures delineating how they must respond to the potential loss or compromise of PII.”
      Additional documents from the DHS Privacy Policy Guidance, Action Memorandum released:

    1. Attachment 2: Protecting & Handling Personnel-Related Data – Quick Reference Guide (PDF, 2 pages)
    2. Attachment 3: Verification and Confirmation Memorandum Templates (Self-Assessment and Training Certifications), (PDF, 2 pages)
    3. Attachment 4: DHS Employee Communication from Scott Charbo and Maureen Cooney regarding Data Security and Privacy, June 8, 2006 (PDF, 2 pages)
    4. Attachment 6: OMB Memorandum 07-16, Safeguarding Against and Responding to the Breach of Personally Identifiable Information, May 22, 2007 (PDF, 22 pages)
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