The Privacy Act of 1974: An Assessment. APPENDIX 4 TO The Report of The Privacy Protection Study Commission.. Impact on Type and Quality of Information Maintained


The Privacy Act levies two obligations on the agencies with respect to their maintenance of records about individuals: subsection 3(e)(5), which requires an agency that maintains a system of records to

. . . maintain all records which are used by the agency in making any determination about any individual with such accuracy, relevance, timeliness and completeness as is reasonably necessary to assure fairness to the individual in the determination; . . . [5 U.S. C 552a(e)(5)]

and subsection 3(e),(10), which requires an agency to

. . . establish appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to insure the security and confidentiality of records and to protect against any anticipated threats or hazards to their security or integrity which could result in substantial harm, embarrassment, inconvenience, or unfairness to any individual on whom information is maintained. [5 U.S. C 552a(e)(10)]