What is the Privacy Act?

The Privacy Act of 1974 provides safeguards against unwarranted invasions of privacy through the misuse of records by Federal agencies by restricting disclosure of personally identifiable records maintained by agencies; granting individuals increased rights of access to records maintained about them; granting individuals the right to seek amendment of records maintained about them upon a showing that the records are not accurate, relevant, timely or complete; and establishing a code of "fair information practices" which requires agencies to comply with statutory norms for collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of records.

The Treasury regulations which implement the Act are found at 31 CFR Part 1, Subpart C. Section 1.36, lists the systems of records for which an exemption has been claimed under 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2) and/or (k). TTB processes requests for records under both the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act in order to provide the greatest amount of access.

Privacy Act Issuances

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