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Overview of the Privacy Act of 1974
2010 Edition
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The "Overview of the Privacy Act of 1974," prepared by the Department of Justice's Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (OPCL), is a discussion of the Privacy Act's disclosure prohibition, its access and amendment provisions, and its agency recordkeeping requirements. Tracking the provisions of the Act itself, the Overview provides reference to, and legal analysis of, court decisions interpreting the Act's provisions. The Overview is not intended to provide policy guidance, as that role statutorily rests with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 5 U.S.C. § 552a(v). However, where OMB has issued policy guidance on particular provisions of the Act, citation to such guidance is provided in the Overview. The 2012 edition of the Overview was issued electronically and sent for publication in September 2012 and includes cases through July 2012. The Overview is scheduled to be revised again in 2014.

 

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Updated: December 2012
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Erika Brown Lee
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Joo Y. Chung
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Overview of the Privacy Act of 1974, 2010 Edition
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