The Department of Homeland Security released the 2014 Privacy Office Annual Report to Congress. The report describes a joint review conducted with the European Commission regarding the transfer of EU Passenger Name Records to the US. The European Commission found the redress mechanisms were lacking for passengers denied boarding. The Commission also found that DHS would often review passenger records without a legal reason. The Annual Report describes the sixth Compliance Review of the department’s social media monitoring program. The review found that the DHS began collecting GPS and geo-location of Internet users without assessing or mitigating the privacy risks. In 2012, EPIC obtained FOIA documents revealing that the Department of Homeland Security monitored social media for political dissent. For more information, see EPIC: EU-US Airline Passenger Data Disclosure and EPIC: EPIC v. DHS – media monitoring.
You can read the report below.
Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, requires that senior agency officials for privacy and civil liberties assess the privacy and civil liberties impacts of the activities their respective departments and agencies have undertaken to implement the Executive Order, and to publish their assessments annually in a report compiled by the DHS Privacy Office and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
This is the first of the required annual reports. It includes the DHS Privacy Office’s and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties’ assessments of certain DHS activities under Section 4 of the Executive Order (enhanced threat information sharing with the private sector) as well as assessments conducted independently by the Department of the Treasury and the Departments of Defense, Justice, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Transportation, and Energy, and by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the General Services Administration. April 2014. 152 pages.
On Monday, 5,500 people from 23 states will descend on Butler, Indiana to conduct the largest homeland security exercise ever conducted in the United States.
It will test and evaluate the preparedness of the United States military’s response to a man-made nuclear detonation.
The event will be held at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, a 960-acre facility with 300 training structures. MUTC provides immersion and simulation experiences for both man-made and natural disasters for the U.S. military, U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Defense.
“Testing and preparing military members to respond is part of our mission,” said Lisa Kopczynski, MUTC public affairs officer. “We’re providing a realistic environment to really test the abilities, skills and deployment of these units.”
Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana and a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, will be among those in attendance to witness the Vibrant Response 13-2 Northern Command exercise.