Civil Liberties Impact Assessment for the State, Local, and Regional Fusion Center Initiative   [open pdf - 189KB]

"The 9/11 Commission acknowledged the challenge of information sharing between the Federal government and State and local entities. As a result, many states and municipalities began adopting a 'fusion' center approach to information sharing that was uncommon in the pre-9/11 era. Using various local, State, and Federal funds, state and local executives have now created approximately 58 fusion centers around the country. These fusion centers (FC) serve as a place where State and local officials, along side their Federal partners, collaborate, coordinate and share law enforcement and intelligence information in an effort to prevent future threats to the Nation. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) recognizes the importance of information sharing in the homeland security effort. At the same time, CRCL wants to ensure that information sharing is conducted in a lawful manner consistent with Constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and other legal and policy requirements, including applicable privacy and civil liberties standards."

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