Privacy Impact Assessment for the Border and Transportation Security Network (BTSNet) Spiral 1 [open pdf - 150KB]
"The Border and Transportation Security Network (BTSNet) is a project of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA). BTSNet is a proof-of-concept prototype development. Its mission is to develop technology to secure our nation's borders by preventing the entry of terrorists and their instruments of terror, criminals, and illegal aliens into the country. BTSNet will be implemented using a spiral development, which means with each spiral there will be increased capabilities and a broader user base. Spiral 1 is focused on U.S. Border Patrol field operations with an emphasis on the Southwest border area. This development essentially extends the law enforcement data base query capability that is currently a field station function and moves it to the field agent via wireless communications using a handheld personal digital assistant (PDA) and/or a vehicle-mounted mobile data computer (MDC). The field agent will be able to make biographic and biometric queries on detainees from the field rather than physically transporting detainees to the station. Future developments will provide the agent access to other data sources and expand the user base to other DHS components. Personally identifiable information collected or retrieved by the BTSNet system will not be stored on the server, the handheld device or vehicle-mounted computer. This PIA will be updated accordingly as other spirals are developed."
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov