National Security Agency's Compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974

LCD-77-103: Published: Nov 11, 1976. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1983.

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A survey was conducted of the National Security Agency (NSA) system of files and records to determine whether data on individuals could be in violation of the Privacy Act of 1974. Efforts were focused on foreign intelligence data rather than personnel.

Directives to implement Executive Order 11905 on U.S. foreign intelligence activities have been instituted to guarantee individual rights. It was ascertained that the Agency does not conduct intercept operations for the purpose of obtaining communications of any U.S. person (citizen or resident alien). Communications with necessary foreign intelligence are intercepted in a manner to minimize personal communications and those that are picked up are sorted in accordance with strict procedures. Collection and analysis methods were found to contain safeguards for individuals. Except for minor instances, Agency policies to strengthen individual safeguards have been adequately followed and comply with recommendations of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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