Fusion Center “Privacy and Civil Rights Framework” Enhancement

Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Framework

  • 5 pages
  • March 2, 2010


Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Framework

Over the past three years, federal, state, and local officials have worked tirelessly to ensure that robust privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections are integrated into fusion center policies and business processes. These efforts have included developing Baseline Capabilities and model privacy policy templates and providing training and subject-matter expertise to fusion centers.

The goal is for every fusion center to establish a comprehensive framework for protecting privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. The framework includes:

o Developing and implementing a written privacy policy that: nment (ISE) Privacy Guidelines.

Addresses the requirements to participate in the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI), as appropriate.

Meets the requirements of state and local privacy and civil liberties laws, ordinances, and
regulations designed to protect the privacy of individuals and organizations.

o Designating a fusion center Privacy Official.
o Providing annual training to personnel on privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections.
o Conducting local outreach and collaboration with privacy and civil liberties advocacy groups.

This framework leverages the results of a two-year pilot project that demonstrated that local
implementation of a uniform privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties framework is critical to enabling the
sharing of information across jurisdictions.

Training and Outreach Assistance

An important focus of the Fusion Center Privacy Policy Technical Assistance Service is the provision of
training and hands-on technical assistance by privacy and civil liberties subject-matter experts.

Areas of training include:

o Development of privacy policies.
o Conducting outreach to and collaborating with members of the community and privacy and civil liberties
o Focused training for analysts on how to incorporate privacy and civil liberty protections into the
research, development, and review of analytic products.
Additional privacy and civil liberties training is being scheduled for 2010.

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