The Privacy Act of 1974
The Privacy Act requires that agencies give the public notice of their systems of records by publication in the Federal Register. It establishes a set of fair information practices, which dictate how institutions collect, use, maintain, and disseminate information within their system of records. A system of records is a group of records under the control of an institution from which information is retrieved by the name of the individual, or some other identifier. The Privacy Act prohibits the disclosure of a record about an individual from a system of records absent the written consent of the individual, unless the disclosure is pursuant to one of twelve statutory exceptions. The Act also provides individuals with a means by which to seek access to and amendment of their records, and sets forth various agency record-keeping requirements.
The University of Alaska adheres with Privacy Act regulations, and, in so doing, protects the confidentiality of our students' and staff's information.