110-H.R.3815

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to make full and efficient use of open source information to develop and disseminate open source homeland security information products, and for other purposes.

10/10/2007--Introduced.

Homeland Security Open Source Information Enhancement Act of 2007 - Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components responsible for information sharing and infrastructure protection make full and efficient use of open source information to develop and disseminate open source products.

Requires the Secretary to: (1) ensure that DHS makes full and efficient use of such information to analyze U.S. critical infrastructure nodes from the perspective of terrorists and other activities with a nexus to terrorism using publicly available information; and (2) share the unclassified results with appropriate federal, state, local, tribal, and private-sector officials.

Directs: (1) the Secretary to ensure that the manner in which open source information is gathered and disseminated complies with the Constitution, the Privacy Act of 1974, the E-Government Act of 2002, and all other relevant federal laws; (2) the Chief Privacy Officer of DHS to include in such Officer's annual report a description of the types of personally identifiable information collected by DHS intelligence components; and (3) the Inspector General of DHS to audit the use and dissemination of such information to evaluate the effectiveness of DHS activities and to ensure consistency with existing federal open source information guidelines.

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