As anticipated, on February 14, 2023, the SEC proposed revisions to the Privacy Act, governing the handling of personal information in the federal government. The proposed revisions would codify current practices for processing requests for information made by the public under the Privacy Act and would result in an entire re-write of the current rules.
The Privacy Act is the principal law governing the handling of personal information in the federal government regulating the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of information about individuals that is maintained in systems of records by federal agencies. The Privacy Act also allows individuals to access information about them and a method to correct inaccurate records.
The SEC is proposing a complete rewrite of the Privacy Act to: (i) add a provision setting forth the process by which individuals may be provided with an accounting of disclosures made by the SEC; (ii) add a provision to codify the existing practice of providing 90 days to file an administrative appeal in response to a denial of a Privacy Act inquiry or request; (iii) delete certain existing provisions that are duplicative and unnecessary; (iv) reorganize certain provisions; and (v) update the fee provisions.
Proposed New Rules
The proposed rule changes result in a complete rewrite in the existing rules including: (i) clarifying the purpose and scope of the regulation; (ii) updating definitions and processes for submitting and receiving information requests and responses (including shortening timelines); (iii) the administrative appeal process; (iv) creating an online digital system; (v) updating agency contact information; and (vi) updating the list of rules that are exempt from the Privacy Act. The proposed new rules update the fee provisions to match the existing fees on the Office of FOIA Services fee page.
The rules will also eliminate certain outdated provisions (such as requests for medical records) and add provisions for processing requests by an individual for an accounting of certain record disclosures about the requester, to include the date, nature, and purpose of each disclosure, that the SEC has made available to another person, organization, or agency. Another addition implements a 90-day time period for a requester to file an administrative appeal in line with FOIA rules.
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Ms. Anthony is an honors graduate from Florida State University College of Law and has been practicing law since 1993.
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