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The Privacy Act of 1974

What is the Privacy Act of 1974

The Privacy Act of 1974 was established specifically for every government institution in the State of California that maintains sensitive, private information. These confidential records must be securely stored in an effort to prevent data breaches. Not only that but when the time comes, these files must be shredded appropriately to ensure full compliance with this act.

Who is subject to The Privacy Act of 1974?

The Privacy Act mandates that agencies supply the public with adequate notice of their systems of records, through publication in the Federal Register. The Act offers individuals with a solution for seeking access to and amendment of their records and sets forth several agency record-keeping necessities.

What are my Rights Under The Privacy Act of 1974?

An individual has rights under the Privacy Act to seek access to and ask for corrections if changes are applicable to any records about him or her. Unlike the Freedom of Information Act, The Privacy Act only protects U.S. citizens and permanent residents. As a result, only a citizen or permanent resident has the ability to sue under the Privacy Act.

Who does The Privacy Act of 1974 Protect?

It protects records about individuals retrieved by personal identifiers such as a name, social security number, or other identifying numbers or symbols.

Why is The Privacy Act of 1974 Important?

The Privacy Act of 1974 determines what information may be obtained and how it may be used in order to secure the personal privacy of U.S. citizens. The Privacy Act of 1974 does place certain restrictions on the ability of Federal agencies to share a system of records with third parties, such as other agencies; however, the Privacy Act also realizes the need for the government to share records as a means to improve security, sustain accuracy and consolidate resources. This is generally completed through matching programs which allow certain data elements in one system of records to be searched against records in a different system, which is completed to discover any data matches. These matches would link together the information from both systems.

Where can I find more information about The Privacy Act of 1974?

To learn more, visit this link: https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/foia


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