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Overview Edit

Mobile IDENT is

a Web interface that enables DHS officers/agents to perform fingerprint checks through WebIDENT from the field using a laptop computer and portable fingerprint scanner with a virtual private network (VPN) connection. The purpose of Mobile IDENT is to improve processing times when DHS officers/agents conduct apprehensions in the field. It allows DHS personnel to determine a subject's immigration status in the field without driving long distances to DHS offices, thereby improving processing times and enabling appropriate releases onsite.[1]

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"For example, the U.S. Coast Guard uses Mobile IDENT to access WebIDENT remotely in order to verify the identity of individuals encountered on vessels at sea using fingerprints or photographs. Mobile IDENT also allows DHS officers/agents to modify, read, and create alien booking records, including fingerprint and/or photographic data, in EABM and WebIDENT, while storing no data on the device itself. Data created, accessed, or modified by Mobile IDENT is maintained in EID, . . . fingerprints and photographs are only stored in IDENT."[2]

References Edit

  1. Department of Homeland Security, Privacy Impact Assessment for the Enforcement Integrated Database 4-5 (EID) (Jan. 14, 2010).
  2. Id.

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