Public Citizen v. United States Department of the Army

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First Amendment
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Public Citizen filed suit on behalf of its members against the United States Department of the Army to enjoin ongoing and imminent violations of the Privacy Act. The Privacy Act prohibits any agency from collecting, using, maintaining, or disseminating records describing how any individual exercises rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. The Vice Chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity asked the states to submit such information to the Army, including voter history and political party affiliation. By accepting this data, the Army would violate the Privacy Act’s prohibition on collecting such information; and by allowing the Commission to download this data, the Army would violate the Privacy Act’s prohibition on disseminating this information. Public Citizen therefore filed suit on behalf of its members to prevent the Army from collecting, maintaining, or disseminating the data.