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PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVACY ACT

As it Pertains to Military Records

The basic provisions of the Privacy Act, as it applies to military and civilian records at NPRC(MPR), are to provide safeguards for an individual against an invasion of personal privacy by:

  • permitting the subject to determine what records pertaining to him/her are maintained;
  • permitting the subject to prevent records that pertain to him/her from being used or made available for purposes other than the purpose for which they were created; and
  • permitting the subject to gain access to the records, or to have photocopies made of all or any portion thereof, and to correct or amend such records.

The Privacy Act places great emphasis on the privacy of the individual named in the record, and carries provisions for civil action against Federal agencies for violations of an individual's rights under the Act.

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