The American Privacy Act allows subjects to access copies of records held on them by US government agencies.

But what does it have to do with privacy?

  • How have you tried to answer this question yourself? If I google "The American privacy act" the first three results (all from the .gov top-level domain) state that the act relates to disclosure as well as right of access.
    – Lag
    Jun 14 at 8:55
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    I’m voting to close this question because Why the law is what it is is Off Topic. The Lawmaker said so is usually the only answer.
    – Trish
    Jun 14 at 9:10

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what does it have to do with privacy?

This can be explained by reference to the full title of the Privacy Act 1974 (as amended):

An Act to amend title 5, United States Code, by adding a section 552a, to safeguard individual privacy from the misuse of Federal records, to provide that individuals be granted access to records concerning them which are maintained by Federal agencies, to establish a Privacy Protection Study Commission, and for other purposes. (my emboldenment)

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