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Protecting Privacy and Safeguarding Civil Liberties

Protecting Privacy and Safeguarding Civil Liberties

The Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) is dedicated to ensuring activities are conducted in a manner consistent with protecting privacy and civil liberties. Generally, individuals are included in the Terrorist Screening Database when there is reasonable suspicion to believe that a person is a known or suspected terrorist. Individuals must not be watchlisted based solely on race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, or First Amendment-protected activities such as free speech, the exercise or religion, freedom of the press, freedom of peaceful assembly, and petitioning the government for redress of grievances.

The TSC regularly conducts comprehensive and case-specific quality assurance reviews of its data to ensure the U.S. government’s substantive criteria for watchlisting are met and to ensure the records maintained in the Terrorist Screening Database are current, accurate, and thorough. The TSC also participates in redress procedures established by agencies that perform terrorist screening.