DOD seeks to scrub PII from 16 years

DOD seeks to scrub PII from 16 years' worth of video

The Defense Department is looking for a way to remove personally identifiable information from its videos.

Specifically, the Defense Media Activity -- which manages the Armed Forces Network radio and television broadcasts, along with other Internet, print and emerging-media publications -- is concerned about videos shot or created between January 1995 and July 2011.   This footage contains Visual Information Record Identification Numbers with four discrete information fields, one of which contains the last four digits of the photographers’ Social Security numbers and the first letter of their last names, the DMA said in the solicitation notice.  While the information in the videos was intentionally included at the time, it is now considered PII.

According to the Department of Labor, personally identifiable information can be defined as “any representation of information that permits the identity of an individual to whom the information applies to be reasonably inferred by either direct or indirect means.”

DMA is looking for companies to manually review digitized and digitally created motion imagery to identify scenes where PII exists, such as in slates used to label the video, and to then remove that information.

“Removing the PII portions, which does not affect the content of the motion imagery in any way, allows full public access to the imagery and greatly increases the value of the records,” the DMA said. Otherwise records containing such information must be withheld from the public.

The response date for DMA's sources sought solicitation is June 18, 2015. 

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Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.

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