RISS’s Commitment to Safeguarding Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
RISS assists local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies with efforts to combat crime, promote officer safety, and facilitate multiagency information sharing. A primary goal of RISS is to provide law enforcement agencies and officers with a secure conduit for sharing criminal intelligence information. Equally important, RISS strives to ensure that the privacy and constitutional rights of individuals are protected throughout the intelligence process and operates in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. RISS’s personnel provide oversight, internal controls, and periodic audits on information contained in the RISS Criminal Intelligence Database (RISSIntel) to ensure compliance with federal law and regulations related to the collection, storage, and dissemination of criminal intelligence data.
RISS views the privacy and rights of individuals as a top priority in its business operations and has integrated multiple layers to help safeguard information. RISS complies with 28 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)Part 23, which balances the need to collect and share criminal intelligence information and the need to protect the privacy and rights of individuals and organizations. All RISS Center personnel receive 28 CFR Part 23 training and certify in writing full compliance with the regulation. All RISS member agencies and partner intelligence systems that are sharing criminal intelligence information certify in writing the commitment to comply with 28 CFR Part 23 standards and requirements for criminal intelligence systems. All information submitted to RISSIntel remains the property of the submitting agency (member agency).
RISS personnel act in a nonoperational, law enforcement support capacity only—they do not engage in tactical operations, arrests, investigative actions, or intelligence collection functions normally associated with the duties of sworn law enforcement.