The Privacy Act (PA) protects an individual's privacy by putting controls on federal agencies in the collection, use, maintenance, and dissemination of personal information. In addition, it entitles individuals to access federal agency records or to request an amendment to records that are maintained in a file retrievable by an individual's name or personal identifier, except to the extent that the information is exempt from release. Individual, in the context of the Privacy Act, is defined as a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
The Privacy Act also requires that agency records be accurate, relevant, timely, and complete, and amendments are limited to these criteria. however, amendments are normally restricted to correcting factual errors and not matters of official judgments, such as performance ratings, or subjective judgments that reflect an individual's observation, evaluation, or opinion.
The NRO Privacy and Civil Liberties Program (PCLP) has an obligation to protect the legal rights for its employees and the American people, to include civil liberties and privacy rights granted by Federal law. The NRO PCLP works with other IC, DoD, and Federal agencies, as well as other NRO leaders, to ensure the protection of privacy and civil liberties.
The program also engages in pertinent discussions with experts in privacy and civil liberties groups, the public and additional organizations to provide individuals with a holistic and comprehensive approach when assessing an individual's concerns. The NRO PCLP works to ensure the organization's approaches encompass the best privacy and civil liberties practices from both government and industry, adapting to meet unique mission needs when necessary. The program also ensures that privacy and civil liberties are integrated into the day-to-day activities of the organization's workforce, mission, and culture.