EPIC Urges DHS to Enhance Data Privacy Protections for DACA
November 29, 2021
Today, EPIC submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to DHS’s proposed rule, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). While commending DHS’s fortification of the DACA program, EPIC calls for “several changes to further limit collection and disclosure of [the] biographical and biometric information” of DACA requestors, their family, and associates. EPIC urges that DHS’s privacy protection exceptions “must be narrow and limited,” especially the exceptions for criminal investigations and national security purposes. The comment also calls for greater privacy protections in databases storing requestors’ information and for providing applicants with clearer privacy notices. EPIC has previously advocated for greater privacy protections under the DACA program.