NSAF Law and Legal Definition
NSAF means National Stolsen Art File. It is an electronic index that contains data relating to stolen art and cultural property in the U.S. The database stores information as reported to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) by law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and across the globe.
The FBI established the NSAF to assist law enforcement agencies in resolving and controlling the illicit trade in art and cultural artifacts, including the theft of individual works of art, illegal export of objects protected by international laws, and pillaging of archaeological sites. The NSAF helps art theft investigators in collecting and analyzing information on art theft.
The online version of NSAF can be accessed both by the public as well as local law enforcement. However, the public cannot access any investigative information. An object is entered into the NSAF only if it meets certain criteria mentioned by the FBI.