Effective October 23, 2008, DHS issued a final rule to amend its regulations to exempt portions of the “Immigration and Customs Enforcement General Counsel Electronic Management System” (GEMS) and the “Immigration and Customs Enforcement Student and Exchange Visitor Information System” (SEVIS), from certain provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974. Specifically, the rule exempts portions of the SEVIS and GEMS systems from one or more provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement requirements. GEMS is an electronic resource primarily used by attorneys working for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). SEVIS is used by DHS in maintaining information on nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors, as well as schools and sponsors of exchange visitor programs. The new rule allows DHS to not disclose certain information applicable to the exempt provisions.