On September 20, 2023, the SEC approved final revisions to the Privacy Act, governing the handling of personal information in the federal government (See HERE for a review of the proposed rules). The revisions codify current practices for processing requests for information made by the public under the Privacy Act and result in an entire re-write of the current rules. The SEC last updated the Privacy Act in 2011.
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 provides a method to correct inaccurate records.
Final New Rules
The amended rules result in a complete rewrite of the Privacy Act to: (i) add a provision setting forth the process by which individuals may be provided with