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NCJ Number: 77669 Find in a Library
Title: Privacy Act of 1974
Author(s): Anonymous
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: American Foreign Information Service
Arlington, VA 22209
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This film outlines the main provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (PL 93-579), the agency requirements, and violations of the act leading to civil and criminal liability.
Abstract: Film discussants, led by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Administration, describe the act's major invasion of personal privacy that would result from the misuse of information in Federal agency records. The film explains and summarizes the 11 conditions under which the act permits disclosure of personal data including compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, Bureau of Census surveys, statistical purposes, National Archives collection of records of historical value, and civil or criminal law enforcement documentation needs. Agency requirements are also detailed and summarized in the film including the collection of only required data, the keeping of accurate and timely records, and the safeguarding of confidentiality. Finally, the film emphasizes that judicial sanctions are intended to prevent the keeping of secret records on individuals except as provided by statute, the unwarranted disclosure of information about individuals, and the existence of unnecessary and inaccurate information. In addition, the act gives individuals the right of access to these records and the right to request correction, if needed.
Index Term(s): Computer privacy and security laws; Films; Legal privacy protection; Privacy Act of 1974; Privacy and security; Right of privacy
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