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Submitting a PA Request


Please see a sample Privacy Act Request Letter.

Making a Privacy Act (PA) Request


The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), establishes safeguards for the protection of records that the federal government collects and maintains on U.S. citizens and immigrants lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Specifically, it mandates that the government: 

  • Disclose why information is being collected and how it will be used

  • Maintain only what is needed to accomplish agency business

  • Publish any new, revised or deleted system notices in the Federal Register

  • Ensure that information is accurate, relevant and complete

  • Provide individuals with the opportunity to correct inaccuracies in their record


The Privacy Act allows individuals to:

  • Seek access to records retrieved by their name and personal identifier

  • Seek the amendment of any inaccurate information

  • Provide written authorization for representatives to act on their behalf

  • Seek records on behalf of a minor child if they are the legal guardian or parent, and are determined to be acting in the minor's best interest

 
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