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Emailing PII

Emails Containing PII (in the body or in an attachment):

  • Should only be sent to recipients with an official need-to-know.
  • The SUBJECT line must state:  "FOUO – PRIVACY SENSITIVE."
  • The attachment file name must state:  "FOUO – PRIVACY SENSITIVE."
  • The BODY of the email and the body of the attachment must state:  "FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) - PRIVACY SENSITIVE.  Any misuse or unauthorized disclosure may result in both criminal and civil penalties."
  • Must be digitally signed and encrypted.  (Note: Digitally signing an email is NOT the same as appending a “signature block” at the bottom of the outgoing message contents.)

USNA supports encrypting and digitally signing email using Microsoft Outlook 2010 and your government-issued Common Access Card (CAC).Your use of an email client other than Outlook does not obviate the requirement that you encrypt and digitally sign email containing PII.  A CAC contains one or more sets of public/private pair cryptographic key pairs that are uniquely associated with the identity of the person to whom the card was issued. These two keys are used to assure non-repudiationintegrity,and confidentiality. Non-repudiation and Integrity: Your private key stored in a PKI certificate on your CAC is used when you digitally sign an outgoing email. Your public key associated with that private key then gets delivered along with the email. The recipient then uses that public key to verify your identity (non-repudiation) and that the email has not been altered in transit (integrity).  Confidentiality: When you encrypt an outgoing email you use the recipient’s public key from a PKI certificate previously sent to you. The only key that will decrypt it is the recipient’s associated private key. This is how message confidentiality is maintained: no-one but the recipient has the private key that can decrypt it.


Acceptable Methods to Email PII:

1.  Digitally sign and encrypt This method requires:  the use of the Outlook interface, both parties (recipient and sender) to have valid CAC email certificates that are linked to their current official email addresses, and the sender to have the other parties certificate saved in their contacts before encrypting.  Information about using this method and setting up your account can be found on the Information Technology Service Center website , under “Digitally signing and Encrypting Email.”  (Note:  you can search for, download, and save DoD personnel’s digital certificates using the DoD Enterprise White Pages found at https://www.whitepages.mil/.  You must have a valid CAC card to access the DoD White Pages.)

2.  U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center Safe Access File Exchange (AMRDEC SAFE).  AMRDEC SAFE can be used with or without access to a common access card and is an authorized way to send UNCLASSIFIED files, to include Privacy Act Data and PII.  To use AMRDSEC SAFE visit the following website:   https://safe.amrdec.army.mil/SAFE/ and then follow the prompts.

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