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Privacy Act of 1974

The Privacy Act of 1974 protects certain federal government records pertaining to individuals. In particular, the Act covers systems of records that an agency maintains and retrieves by an individual's name or other personal identifier (e.g., social security number). A list of the FTC's Privacy Act systems of records, including the routine uses of those records,is published in the Federal Register. The FTC's personnel records system and its consumer complaint system are examples of FTC Privacy Act systems of records.