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DHS ~ Pathfinder (redacted) (web tracking software)

DHS ~ Pathfinder (redacted) (web tracking software)

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The Pathfinder Web (Pathfinder) system is an integrated product owned and operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of intelligence and Analysis (I&A). Pathfinder is an integrated text search, retrieval, display, and analytic tool suite used to analyze intelligence community (IC) message traffic directed or otherwise addressed to DHS. I&A has conducted this PIA because message traffic analyzed in Pathfinder may contain personally identifiable information (PII).
The Pathfinder Web (Pathfinder) system is an integrated product owned and operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of intelligence and Analysis (I&A). Pathfinder is an integrated text search, retrieval, display, and analytic tool suite used to analyze intelligence community (IC) message traffic directed or otherwise addressed to DHS. I&A has conducted this PIA because message traffic analyzed in Pathfinder may contain personally identifiable information (PII).

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Privacy Impact Assessment
Pathfinder 
April 17, 2008
Contact PointProgram Executive OfficerInformation Sharing and Knowledge Management DivisionIntelligence and AnalysisDepartment of Homeland SecurityReviewing OfficialHugo Teufel IIIChief Privacy OfficerDepartment of Homeland Security(703) 235-0780
FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLYTHE ATTACHED MATERIALS CONTAIN DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION THATIS "FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY," OR OTHER TYPES OF SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIEDINFORMATION REQUIRING PROTECTION AGAINST UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE. THE ATTACHEDMATERIALS Will BE HANDLED AND SAFEGUARDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH DHS MANAGEMENTDIRECTIVES GOVERNING PROTECTION AND DISSEMINATION OF SUCH INFORMATION. AT AMINIMUM, THE ATTACHED MATERIALS WILL BE DISSEMINATED ONLY ON A "NEED-TO-KNOW"BASIS AND WHEN UNATTENDED, Will BE STORED IN A LOCKED CONTAINER OR AREA OFFERINGSUFFICIENT PROTECTION AGAINST THEFT, COMPROMISE, INADVERTENT ACCESS ANDUNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE.
 
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Privacy Impact Assessment
DHS I&A, Pathfinder Page 2
Abstract
The Pathfinder Web (Pathfinder) system is an integrated product owned and operated by theDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). Pathfinder is anintegrated text search, retrieval, display, and analytic tool suite used to analyze intelligence community (IC)message traffic directed or otherwise addressed to DHS. I&A has conducted this PIA because message trafficanalyzed in Pathfinder may contain personally identifiable information (PII).
Overview
I&A Mission and Requirements
DHS’s role within the IC is to facilitate information sharing and conduct appropriate research andanalysis to support information sharing between DHS components, Communities of Interest (COIs), andthe IC. I&A has implemented Pathfinder to facilitate its duties to analyze and research law enforcement,intelligence, and other information and to integrate and organize such information in order to identify,assess, and understand potential threats, including terrorism, against the United States.I&A plans to use Pathfinder to support the research and analytical needs of its analysts.The goalof Pathfinder is to provide intelligence analysts with tools designed by analysts for analysts.
Source Data
The Pathfinder architecture was designed to be flexible such that the system will be able toaccommodate new data sources by simply modifying the routines needed for its data ingestion modules.After deploying the tool operationally within I&A, I&A intends to solicit its users and partners for additional
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Privacy Impact Assessment
DHS I&A, Pathfinder Page 3
candidate data sources. The integration of any additional data sources within Pathfinder will be coordinatedwith the DHS Privacy Office and I&A Security prior to inclusion.
Pathfinder ArchitecturePathfinder Search Tools
Utilities included within the PF Web application Pathfinder utilize the repository data in order toprovide useful information to the analysts. PF web contains five tools that are delivered to the client as Javaapplets:
PFORs are used when the subject sensitivity, speed, and sureness of delivery are important considerations.
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