Non-Exemption Three Statutes

Below are several statutory provisions that sometimes are mistakenly believed to qualify as Exemption 3 statutes; they are but a fraction of the more than 150 such provisions of law incorrectly used by federal agencies under Exemption 3.

  • 5 U.S.C. § 552a (Privacy Act of 1974)
  • 10 U.S.C. § 130(d) (pertaining to certain "confidential business information and other sensitive but unclassified homeland security information")
  • 10 U.S.C. § 618(f) (Repealed. Pub. L. 109-364, div. A, title V, Sec. 547(a)(2),Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2216)
  • 17 U.S.C. § 101 (Copyright Act of 1976)
  • 18 U.S.C. § 795(a) (pertaining to the photographing and sketching of defense installations)
  • 18 U.S.C. § 798 (pertaining to communications intelligence)
  • 18 U.S.C. § 923(g) (pertaining to the licensing of firearm manufacturing, dealing, and importing)
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1905 (Trade Secrets Act)
  • 19 U.S.C. § 2605(h) (pertaining to cultural property under negotiation)
  • 28 U.S.C. § 534 (pertaining to criminal history records)
  • 42 U.S.C. § 423(a), (f) (pertaining to disability insurance benefit payments)
  • 42 U.S.C. § 14132 (pertaining to the law enforcement exchange of DNA identification information)

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