Authority to Request Records for a Law Enforcement Purpose Law and Legal Definition

According to 6 CFR 5.20 (Title 6, Homeland Security; Chapter 1, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Secretary; Part 5, Disclosure of Records and Information; Subpart B, Privacy Act), the term “authority to request records for a law enforcement purpose’ means that “the head of a component or designee thereof is authorized to make written requests under subsection (b)(7) of the Privacy Act for records maintained by other agencies that are necessary to carry out an authorized law enforcement activity.”