The Handbook was developed by the DHS Privacy Office as a single resource for in-depth information regarding DHS Privacy Office functions. It describes how the DHS Privacy Office “operationalizes” privacy. The purpose of the Handbook is to inform the Department of Homeland Security, other federal agencies, and the public about the DHS Privacy Office and provide transparency into its various functions and operations. The Privacy Handbook will also aid in orienting new DHS Privacy Office personnel, new Component Privacy Officers and Privacy Points of Contact (PPOCs), other federal privacy officers, and even international privacy offices by providing insight into how DHS builds its privacy culture.
The Privacy Handbook discusses the DHS Privacy Office’s role and responsibilities as stewards for privacy within the Department. It covers such areas as policy, compliance, education and awareness, complaints and incidents, public outreach and transparency, international activities, disclosures and FOIA operations, and reporting. The Privacy Handbook summarizes, but does not replace, existing DHS Privacy Office policies, procedures, and guidance.