Privacy Act

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The U.S. Department of State is committed to ensuring that any personal information received by our overseas embassies and consulates pursuant to the STEP process, whether in person or otherwise, is safeguarded against unauthorized disclosure. The data that you provided the U.S. Department of State is subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act (5 USC 552a). This means that the U.S. Department of State will not disclose the information you provide us in your STEP application to any third parties unless you have given us written authorization to do so, or unless the disclosure is otherwise permitted by the Privacy Act.

AUTHORITY: The information solicited on this form is requested pursuant to provisions in 22 U.S.C. § 2715 and 22 U.S.C. § 4802(b) of the U.S. Code and 22 C.F.R. § 71.1 and 22 C.F.R. § 71.6 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

PURPOSE: To notify U.S. nationals in the event of a disaster, emergency or other crisis, and for evacuation coordination.

ROUTINE USES: The information solicited on this form may be made available as a routine use to appropriate agencies whether federal, state, local, or foreign, to assist the Department in the evacuation or provision of emergency service to U.S. nationals, or for law enforcement and administration purposes or pursuant to court order. The information is also made available to private U.S. nationals, known as wardens, designated by U.S. embassies to assist in communicating with the American community in an emergency. More information on the Routine Uses for the system can be found in System of Records Notice, State-05, Overseas Citizens Services Records.

DISCLOSURE: Providing the information requested on this form is purely voluntary. Failure to provide the requested information on the form could make it more difficult for the Department to notify the U.S. national respondent in the event of an emergency.

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