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An Oldie but a Goodie: Uncle Sam’s Song for Safeguarding Personal Privacy

December 12, 2023 (2 min read)

Brush up on the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a, which prohibits disclosure of government records without prior written consent of the individual to whom the record pertains unless one of 12 statutory exceptions applies. This practice note discusses the exceptions from the prohibition against disclosure, the process for providing access to individual records, and the requirements for agencies maintaining a system of records.

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