Where Can You Download the Freedom of Information Act Form?


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The Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Request form is available to download on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website at USCIS.gov. This form is also called G-639. Instructions for the form are available on the same website.

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Where Can You Download the Freedom of Information Act Form?
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Form G-639 is used to request information under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts. The Freedom of Information Act was enacted on July 4, 1966, and gives citizens the right to access information from the federal government. Citizens can make a request for any federal agency record under this act. As of March 2015, the Freedom of Information Act website at FOIA.gov has statistics and data regarding agency information requests through 2014.

The Privacy Act of 1974 establishes information practices that govern how information about citizens is used by federal agencies, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. This act requires federal agencies to give public notice of how their records are maintained by publishing the information in the Federal Register. Under the Privacy Act, citizens must give written consent before records can be released, with some exceptions. The act also gives citizens a way to amend their records.

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