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Frequent Questions

What is the Privacy Act?

The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a) is a code of fair information practices which mandates how federal agencies, such as the EPA, maintain records about individuals. The Privacy Act requires that agencies:

Does the Privacy Act apply to all EPA records?

No. The Privacy Act only applies to EPA records that:

Does the Privacy Act apply to all records maintained about individuals?

No. The Privacy Act only applies to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent resident aliens and only to EPA records that meet the requirements outlined above. The Privacy Act does not apply to deceased persons.

How does the EPA inform the public about the record systems that are covered by the Privacy Act?

The EPA informs the public about record systems covered by the Privacy Act by publishing notices in the Federal Register. The record systems are referred to as Privacy Act systems of records and the notices provide a description of a particular systems of records.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you need assistance in accessing, contesting, or amending information in a Privacy Act System of Records, check the EPA Privacy Act Manual or contact the EPA Privacy Act Officer.

If you have questions regarding this Web site, contact the Privacy Help Desk.

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