The mission of the Verification Privacy Branch is to respect and uphold the privacy of individuals subject to immigration status verification. To accomplish this, the Verification Privacy Branch will establish and implement privacy controls and processes that support the fair information practices, and will comply with all applicable privacy laws, regulation, policy and guidance.
The key strategic objectives of the Verification Privacy Branch are the following:
- Minimize the handling of personally identifiable information which is necessary for verification processing
- Secure personal information using physical, technical and administrative safeguards against unauthorized use and disclosure
- Promote fairness to the individual by ensuring access to and correction of their records
Privacy Principles: E-Verify and SAVE
Responsibility and Accountability
All personnel, including federal employees and contractors, will be held accountable for handling personal information appropriately in accordance with their official duties.
Awareness and Training
All personnel, including federal employees and contractors, will be educated and trained regarding the proper treatment of personal information.
Limiting Collection and Retention
The collection and retention of personal information will be limited to that which is necessary for specified purposes.
USCIS, Verification Division will provide individuals notice specifying the purpose, use, and disclosure for which personal information is collected at or before the time of collection.
Individual Access and Redress
USCIS, Verification Division will ensure individuals have access to their personal information on record, and will provide a complaint and redress process.
Limiting Disclosure and Use
Personal information will be disclosed only to authorized individuals with a need to know and only for uses that are consistent with specified purposes.
USCIS, Verification Division will maintain the accuracy, completeness, and currency of personal information for its mission needs.
Personal information will be protected by administrative, technical, and physical safeguards commensurate with the sensitivity of the information.