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The Privacy Act of 1974
The Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C., Section 552a, was enacted in 1974 as a
response to the perceived government excesses of the Watergate era. Its
primary intent is to protect individuals from unwarranted invasions of
privacy, while at the same time affording the government necessary
access to needed personal information. The Privacy Act applies to U.S.
citizens and legal aliens with permanent resident status. Only personal
information held by the Executive branch of the federal government is
subject to disclosure under the Privacy Act.
This law guarantees the following rights:
- To see records about oneself, subject to the Privacy Act’s exemptions;
- To amend a no-exempt record if it is inaccurate, irrelevant, untimely or incomplete; and
- 3. To sue the government for violation of the statute, such as allowing unauthorized persons to read your records
The Privacy Act also pertains only to information that is maintained
in a system of records, or SORNs. This is information that is controlled
by an agency that requires a unique identifier, such as a social
security number, date of birth or employee identification number to be
accessed. The Privacy Act also defines as records: information that is
personally identifiable and may cover a variety of areas such as
education, financial transactions, medical history, criminal history,
The SORN is a legally binding public notification, which identifies
and documents the purpose of a specific system of records, the
individuals covered by the system, the types of records held in the
system and how the information is shared. The Privacy Act requires that
each agency publish its SORNs in the Federal Register for public review
Requesting records under the Privacy Act:
Privacy Act requests, where you are seeking information on yourself,
records related to your security clearance or background investigation,
etc., must be submitted in writing, include a social security number
and/or date of birth and be signed by you. Such requests cannot be
submitted through this online system. Under some circumstances, a
notarized copy of your request and signature may be required. Click here for alink to
the Privacy Act request form.
Please mail the form to:
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
FOIA/PA Requester Service Center, Mail Stop #S01-SISCS
7500 GEOINT Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22150
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visitor's personally identifiable information (PII).
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through such technologies, without the user's explicit consent, with
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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency does not gather, request,
record, require, collect or track any Internet users' PII through these
Use of Third-party Websites and Applications
websites and applications that are not owned, operated, or controlled by
the Department of Defense are integral to Internet-based operations
across the DOD. These capabilities include social networking services,
wikis, photo- and video-hosting services, data mash-ups, and so forth. A
list of all Defense Department official pages across various social
media networks can be found at http://www.defense.gov/registeredsites/socialmediasites.aspx.
Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA)
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