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Welcome to the United States Air Force Privacy Act Office home page. This office serves to fulfill the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974. The Privacy Act of 1974 established a "Code of Fair Information Practice" that governs the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of personally identifiable information about individuals that is maintained in system of records by federal agencies.
The purpose of the Privacy Act of 1974, Title 5, United States Code, Section 552a, is to balance the U.S. Government's need to maintain information about individuals with the rights of individuals to be protected against unwarranted invasions of their privacy stemming from federal agencies' collection, maintenance, use and disclosure of personal information about them.
The Privacy Act grants rights to United States citizens and legal permanent residents. Under the Privacy Act, you:
The Privacy Act mandates that the U.S. Government:
The Privacy Act applies only to records about individuals maintained by agencies in the executive branch of the government. It applies to these records only if they are kept in a "system of records."
A system of records is a group of records from which the information was retrieved by an individual's name, social security number, date of birth or some other personal identifier.
DAF Privacy and Civil Liberties
1000 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1000
DAF Privacy and Civil Liberty Officer
The Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act provide balance between the right of the public to obtain information from military service records, and the right of the veteran to protect their privacy.
If you are a member of the general public, limited amounts of information can be released to you from an individual's record. If you are the next of kin of a deceased veteran, you may, under certain circumstances, be entitled to greater access to the deceased veteran's record than may a member of the public. Specify your relationship to the veteran. You must sufficiently identify the person whose record is requested so that the record can be located with a reasonable amount of effort.
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