Privacy Compliance Review of the Media Monitoring Initiative   [open pdf - 137KB]

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS), including the National Operations Center (NOC), launched the Social Networking/Media Capability (SNMC) to assist DHS and its components involved in the security, safety, and border control associated with the 2010 Winter Olympics as well as the response, recovery, and rebuilding effort resulting from the earthquake and after-effects in Haiti. This limited purpose was expanded in June to meet the operational needs of the Department. Since then, and to meet its statutory requirements, OPS, through SNMC analysts, monitors publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites, and message boards to collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture. As outlined in the Publicly Available Social Media Monitoring and Situational Awareness Initiative PIA (June 22, 2010), DHS Privacy Office (PRIV) has conducted a Privacy Compliance Review (PCR) on November 30, 2010 based on this PIA and OPS/NOC operational needs. PRIV found OPS/NOC generally in compliance and provided one recommendation for improving accountability. Based on OPS/NOC's demonstrated compliance with the June 22, 2010 PIA, PRIV and OPS/NOC decided to further broaden the program's capability to collect additional information, including limited instances of personally identifiable information (PII). As such, a new PIA and SORN were issued on January 7, 2011 and February 1, 2011 respectively and will be the basis for the next PCR."

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