In December 1974, Congress passed a law relating to protection of privacy in the administrative process of Federal executive agencies. The President signed the legislation on January 1, 1975 and the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579) became effective on September 27, 1975.
The Privacy Act gives American citizens and aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residency a greater say in the way records about them are kept and eliminates needless intrusions on personal privacy through the keeping of extraneous records. The Privacy Act assures individuals on whom information is collected that:
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