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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session – Releasing Personal Information

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.

Q: 

Can a supervisor release personal information to other employees, or a supervisor that isn’t yours? 

A: 

Agencies may release personal information on a need to know basis. These are technically called routine uses and are published in the federal register. Otherwise, your personal information contained in government records with your name on it is private. 

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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