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Facebook Privacy Policy and Notice

Study in the States will use its Facebook page for external relations (communications/outreach/public dialogue), to make information and services widely available to the general public, and promote transparency and accountability. The Department of Homeland Security (Department) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Public Affairs (OPA) serves as the executive agent for the ICE Facebook page and controls who at the Agency has access to make changes to the page.

Facebook is a third-party social networking tool and its privacy policy can be found at http://www.facebook.com/policy.php. The DHS privacy policy and Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) govern the Agency’s use of Facebook from a privacy perspective. The DHS privacy policy can be found at http://www.dhs.gov/xutil/gc_1157139158971.shtm#0. The DHS PIA “Use of Social Networking Interactions and Applications,” September 16, 2010, can be found at www.dhs.gov/privacy.

Users engaging the Study in the States Facebook page expect privacy protections while interacting with the Department. Study in the States will not use this Facebook page to: 1) actively seek personally identifiable information (PII); 2) search Facebook for or by PII; and 3) ”friend” or “like” public users proactively without a waiver from the DHS Privacy Office (exclusion is made to “friending” or “liking” other U.S. federal, state, local, and tribal government agencies.) To the extent a user posts or sends PII to the Agency’s Facebook page, Study in the States will use the minimum amount necessary to accomplish a purpose authorized by statute, executive order, or regulation.

Study in the States will use this Facebook page to: 1) establish user names and passwords to form profiles; 2) accept “fan” or “like” requests from public user accounts; and 3) interact on Facebook on official Agency business.

The information posted on this Facebook page is available to the individual posting and to any and all users on the Study in the States Facebook page who are able to access the public-facing side of the account. To protect your privacy and the privacy of others, do not include full names, phone numbers, email addresses, social security numbers, case numbers or any other sensitive PII of any individuals in your comments or responses.

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