The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has unveiled a proposal to establish a new Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism system of records, known as the DHS/CBP-018 C-TPAT System of Records.
This new system of records collects and manages information, including personally identifiable information, about prospective, ineligible, current or former trade partners in C-TPAT and other entities and individuals in their supply chains. The system also collects and maintains information, including personally identifiable information, regarding members of a foreign government secure supply chain program that have been recognized by CBP through a mutual recognition arrangement or a comparable arrangement as being compatible with the program. The C-TPAT program provides a security link portal that allows partners and applicants to access and manage their information.
CBP notes that it is publishing this new system of records notice to notify the public about the system, permit trade partners access to the information they provide, and offer a description of how and where information is collected and maintained. The new system of records will be effective on April 12 unless comments are received that result in a contrary determination.
DHS has issued a separate notice in the Federal Register seeking input by April 12 on a related proposal that would exempt portions of this new system of records from one or more provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil and administrative enforcement requirements. CBP believes that these exemptions are needed to protect information relating to DHS activities from disclosure to subjects or others related to these activities.
Source: STR Trade Report