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ERIC Number: ED141838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: N/A
Interface of FOI and Privacy Acts.
Harader, William H.
Three federal laws have recently been enacted in response to conflicts about the individual's right to privacy, the government's need for personal information, and the public's right to know what government is doing. Both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Government in the Sunshine Law are intended to make information about government activities more available to the public, while the Privacy Act is intended to add special protections for certain personal records. Problems, termed "interface" problems, frequently arise when an attempt is made to determine how the acts relate to each other. This paper traces the development of the three laws, explains the interface problem, and discusses ways in which government managers who are faced with requests for release of information can handle problems in interpreting the laws and in persuading the custodian of the information to release it. The paper concludes with a selected bibliography of publications dealing with the issues discussed. (GW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Freedom of Information Center, Columbia, MO.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974; Privacy Act 1974