OVERVIEW OF THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974

DEFINITIONS

C. Maintain

"maintain, collect, use or disseminate." 5 U.S.C.  552a(a)(3).

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This definition embraces various activities withrespect to records and has a meaning much broader than the common usage of the term. See OMB Guidelines, 40 Fed. Reg. 28,948, 28,951 (1975); see also, e.g., Albright v. United States, 631 F.2d 915, 918-20 (D.C. Cir. 1980) (analyzing scope of "maintain" in context of subsection (e)(7) challenge to record describing First Amendment-protected activity).


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