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How does the HIPAA Privacy Rule affect my rights under the Federal Privacy Act?


The Privacy Act of 1974 (U.S. Department of Justice) protects personal information about individuals held by the Federal government. Covered entities that are Federal agencies or Federal contractors that maintain records that are covered by the Privacy Act not only must obey the Privacy Rule’s requirements, but also must comply with the Privacy Act.

Learn more about health information privacy.



Date Created: 12/20/2002
Last Updated: 09/15/2017

Content created by Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Content last reviewed on September 15, 2017