Privacy is more than a core value that we as Americans embrace; it is the law. Self Check is committed to protecting your privacy and civil liberties with the same rigor that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) places on protecting our homeland. Privacy principles and security measures are incorporated into all Self Check processes and procedures and any changes to Self Check incorporate the highest level of privacy protections possible.
Self Check Privacy Statement
Our Privacy Commitment to You
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is committed to maintaining the privacy of your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in accordance with USCIS standards.
Your Expectation of Privacy
USCIS understands that you expect our privacy and personal information to be protected. That is why the Self Check service is designed to require that you authenticate your identity before we allow you to access the information we have about you.
Collection, Retention, and Use of Information about You
The identity assurance questions asked and the answers you submit are not provided to USCIS. USCIS does not retain any personally identifiable information in its Self Check DHS logs. Only transaction ID and error codes are retained to facilitate troubleshooting and system management. Third party data providers retain logs of access to your personal information in order to comply with their legal obligations to protect personally identifiable information in their possession per the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The terms and conditions that define the contract for identity proofing permits them to use this information only in very limited ways such as fraud monitoring and prevention within their own database. The Fair Credit Reporting Act also mandates restrictions on the sharing of any data obtained by the third party data provider.
The identity proofing process relies on data already in the possession of the third party data provider. If you fail identity proofing, only a set of error codes will be returned to USCIS. USCIS does not retain the questions, your answers, or any identifying information supplied by you during the identity authentication process. If you decide to cancel the identity proofing process during the session, or if the session times out because of inactivity, the personal information entered by you and any questions generated by the identity authentication provider is not retained in Self Check. If the answers to the questions match the information contained in the commercial database you will be allowed to continue through the Self Check process. If you successfully pass identity proofing, some of the personal information you enter persists for the purpose of employment eligibility verification.
Your name, date of birth, and Social Security number (if you provided it during the identity assurance step) will pre-populate some fields for the employment eligibility check. Next, you will be required to enter additional information based on the documentation you would present to an employer for processing in E-Verify. The information collected from you is dependent on your citizenship status and your document choices but could include: Social Security Number; Citizenship Status; Alien Number; Passport Number; I-94 Number; and /or Permanent Resident or Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Card Number. This is the information that is used to determine employment authorization in the E-Verify process. This process is the same process as the basic E-Verify query and is described in the E-Verify PIA, dated May 4, 2010.
We reserve the right to change this Privacy Statement at any time.