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Home > Past Releases and Reports > DHS Privacy Committee Approves "Framework" Document

For Immediate Release
March 8, 2006

Contact: Jim Harper

(202) 218-4602

DHS Privacy Committee Approves "Framework" Document

Document Clarifies Privacy Values and Invites Analysis of Homeland Security Programs in terms of Risk Management

Washington, D.C. - today lauded the approval of an important report by the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. The document, called a "Framework for Privacy Analysis of Programs, Technologies, and Applications" promises to shed new light on the privacy issue and ameliorate the privacy impacts of many national security programs.

Jim Harper, Editor of, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, and a Member of the DHS Privacy Committee said:

"Privacy" is a word used to describe many interests, including confidentiality, anonymity, seclusion, fairness, transparency, accountability, and liberty. These are things that all Americans believe in, want, and enjoy. As privacy advocates, we are asking for good government and pursuing values that most Americans hold dear. The DHS Privacy Committee's Framework document helps make this clearer.

The Framework document calls for risk-based analysis of homeland security programs. "The public needs much better information about how homeland security programs are supposed to work - clear articulation of how they meet genuine threats in direct and effective ways," said Harper.

The DHS Privacy Committee's Framework document will be transmitted to Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and to DHS Acting Chief Privacy Officer Maureen Cooney. The document suggests that it may be useful to any institution "seeking to reconcile personal data-intensive programs and activities with important social and human values." ( is an innovative Web site that captures "privacy" as a public policy issue. Privacilla has been described as a "privacy policy portal" and an "online think-tank."


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