The Privacy Act of 1974: An Assessment. APPENDIX 4 TO The Report of The Privacy Protection Study Commission.. Interaction with Other Laws


The Commission has suggested language mandating that whenever an agency receives a request for access to records which could be processed under either the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or the Privacy Act, the request shall be processed under the Privacy Act. [(q)(1)] This subsection further provides that in no instance shall the requesting individual receive less information than he would receive under the FOIA. This comports with the current policy of some agencies, but the Act itself does not require it.