39 USC 412: Records containing lists of postal customers

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This project uses data compiled by the Sunshine in Government initiative, a coalition of journalism and transparency groups. SGI compiled data from federal agency annual FOIA reports to track how often b(3) exemptions were used. SGI also standardized the exemptions since some agencies used slightly different citations of the same laws. In some cases, agencies listed general laws without specifying a section under which information was withheld. This project does not include information from agencies that use no b(3) exemptions in 2008 or 2009. ProPublica compiled information about FOIA denials.

                        TITLE 39--POSTAL SERVICE
                             PART I--GENERAL
                      CHAPTER 4--GENERAL AUTHORITY
Sec. 412. Nondisclosure of lists of names and addresses (a) Except as specifically provided by subsection (b) or other law, no officer or employee of the Postal Service shall make available to the public by any means or for any purpose any mailing or other list of names or addresses (past or present) of postal patrons or other persons. (b) The Postal Service shall provide to the Secretary of Commerce for use by the Bureau of the Census such address information, address- related information, and point of postal delivery information, including postal delivery codes, as may be determined by the Secretary to be appropriate for any census or survey being conducted by the Bureau of the Census. The provision of such information under this subsection shall be in accordance with such mutually agreeable terms and conditions, including reimbursability, as the Postal Service and the Secretary of Commerce shall deem appropriate. (Pub. L. 91-375, Aug. 12, 1970, 84 Stat. 727; Pub. L. 103-430, Sec. 4, Oct. 31, 1994, 108 Stat. 4394.) Amendments 1994--Pub. L. 103-430 substituted ``(a) Except as specifically provided by subsection (b) or other law,'' for ``Except as specifically provided by law,'' and added subsec. (b). Effective Date Section effective July 1, 1971, pursuant to Resolution No. 71-9 of the Board of Governors. See section 15(a) of Pub. L. 91-375, set out as a note preceding section 101 of this title.