The Privacy Act of 1974: An Assessment. APPENDIX 4 TO The Report of The Privacy Protection Study Commission.. Privacy Act Reporting Requirements


A prime objective of the Privacy Act of 1974 is to assure that there will be no Federal agency system of records about individuals whose very existence is secret. A corollary objective is to assure that agency personal-data record-keeping policy and practice will be established in a manner that allows for public scrutiny and comment, as well as for executive and legislative oversight. To facilitate the achievement of these two objectives, the Privacy Act contains four major reporting requirements: (1) the annual system notice; (2) the "Privacy Act Statement"; (3) the new system report; and (4) the President's annual report to the Congress.