Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Office of Inspector General
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - Office of Inspector General


What is the Privacy Act and What Rights Does it Provide?

The Privacy Act of 1974 seeks to balance the government's need for information and the need to protect the privacy of information provided to the government by individuals. ("Individuals" include citizens of the United States and aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence.) This law:

  • Contains obligations that government agencies must fulfill regarding personal information. For example, agencies shall:
    1. Only maintain information that is relevant and necessary for the agency to accomplish its official purposes;
    2. Not release information about individuals without their consent, or unless certain exceptions apply;
    3. Advise people, when collecting information from them: why the information is being collected, for what purposes the agency will use the information; whether providing the information is required or voluntary; and the consequences for not providing the information.
  • Contains civil remedies and criminal penalties for violations of its provisions.
  • Provides individuals with certain rights, including right of access to agency records that pertain to that individual and the right to request amendment of those records. Individuals seeking to access Privacy Act-related records maintained by the FDIC or OIG may contact the following address:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
FOIA/Privacy Act Group, Legal Division
550 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20429-9990

Web Privacy Policy

To ensure that individuals are on notice about how their personal information is handled when they visit federal websites, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has instructed federal agencies to post privacy policies on their websites and has provided the agencies with guidance for doing so. Consistent with that memorandum, we provide the following information about the FDIC OIG website.

The FDIC OIG automatically collects and stores information whenever you visit our site. We do this in the interest of gathering website visitation statistics. We do not obtain any information that identifies you personally unless you choose to send the information to the FDIC OIG's Hotline or other points of contact.

The FDIC has a Privacy Program page.  It can be found at www.fdic.gov at “Privacy Page.”

What We Collect:

  • The date and time you accessed our website.
  • The resource (page, image, etc.) that you accessed.
  • The name and version of your browser.
  • Other status codes and values resulting from the server responding to the request received: HTTP status code, Windows NT code, number of bytes sent, number of bytes received, duration (in seconds) to fulfill the request, server port number addressed, and protocol version.
  • The referring Uniform Resource Locator (URL) that was accessed before the user made a request for FDIC OIG's server.

Protection and Uses of Information You Provide

For data security purposes, we employ software programs that analyze and monitor network traffic. These programs identify and prevent unauthorized attempts to access or cause harm to any information you provide and to the system that stores and maintains that information.  Otherwise, we will use and protect your information in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended.


The FDIC OIG maintains a Hotline whereby members of the public may contact the FDIC OIG regarding potential fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in the FDIC's programs and operations. You may contact the Hotline by email, regular mail, or telephone. If you contact the Hotline by email, be advised that this method of communication may not be anonymous or secure. Once we receive hotline correspondence, it will be forwarded to appropriate OIG staff or third parties for further consideration and response.

The FDIC OIG Hotline Form provides additional information on the Privacy Act and collection of PII.


The FDIC OIG maintains this website as a public service. The information presented on this site is considered public information and may be downloaded, printed out, or further distributed by users.

Links to Other Sites

Our website provides links to other sites created and maintained by other public organizations. We create these links in order to provide convenient access to information. In establishing these links, the OIG does not endorse any of the views expressed or products offered by these organizations.  

Third Party Social Media

In order to encourage greater public participation, collaboration, and transparency, the FDIC OIG maintains official accounts on commercial social media sites, including Youtube and Twitter. The FDIC OIG does not own or operate these sites. These sites are owned, controlled, and operated by non-government third parties. As such, the FDIC OIG and the FDIC's Online Privacy Policies do not apply to, or have authority over, the privacy policy of any commercial social media sites you may visit. Therefore, if you choose to provide information or interact with the FDIC OIG on a commercial third-party site, please review carefully the privacy policy of the third party. Click on the following to view the privacy policies of YouTube and Twitter.

Additionally, the FDIC OIG does not actively collect, maintain, share, or disseminate information posted by visitors to these commercial third-party social media sites. However, if a posting indicates a potential threat or violation of law, such as a threat of criminal action or harm to financial institutions, the FDIC OIG will take appropriate action to share the information with appropriate internal and external parties, as would be taken with any other such information in the public domain.

[This information is current as of June 2, 2021]

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