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Rights Under the Privacy Act of 1974


The Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. § 552a), prohibits the disclosure without consent of information about individuals that the Federal government maintains in a system of records. Agencies are required to give the public notice of their systems of records by publication in the Federal Register. You may access each System of Records Notice (SORN) that FERC publishes in the Federal Register by accessing the Privacy Compliance tab on the left. The Act also provides individuals with a means by which to seek access to and amendment of their records, although such requests are subject to exemptions as set forth in the Privacy Act. In addition, the Act allows individuals to bring suit against an agency for violating the Privacy Act.

If we store information about you in a system of records from which we retrieve that information by personal identifier (e.g., name, social security number, personal email address, home mailing address, personal or mobile phone number, etc.), we will safeguard your information in accordance with the Privacy Act. FERC adheres to Privacy Act requirements with respect to all information about individuals that it collects, maintains, uses, or disseminates in a system of records, regardless of whether the information pertains to a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, or a non-U.S. Citizen. However, the rights to seek access to and amendment of covered records, and to bring suit for alleged violations of the Privacy Act, only extend to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (as defined in 5 U.S.C. § 552a(a)(2)) and citizens of designated foreign countries or regional economic organizations (as defined under the Judicial Redress Act of 2015, 5 U.S.C. § 552a note).