Does The Privacy Act Protect My SF-86 Data?


The SF-86 form, eQIP, or eApp, is a lengthy document that requires a candidate to disclose personal, private and sensitive information about their life. Given the amount of information shared, many individuals are concerned about the security of their data. However, these forms are safeguarded by the Privacy Act.

The Privacy Act of 1974 lays down guidelines for fair information practices, with regards to the collection, use, maintenance, and distribution of personal data by federal agencies. The Act mandates agencies to inform the public of their records' systems, by publishing them in the Federal Register. Apart from the Privacy Act, clearance holders are also protected by the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).

If an applicant wants to obtain a copy of their security clearance background investigation, they need to submit a Privacy Act request. In cases of security clearance denial or revocation, individuals can reach out to the Law Office of Asya Hogue, Esq. at (904)884-5891,, or for a free consultation.