The National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Act of 1998
On October 9, 1998, President Clinton signed into law the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact (Compact) Act of 1998, establishing an infrastructure by which states can exchange criminal records for noncriminal justice purposes according to the laws of the requesting state and provide reciprocity among the states to share records without charging each other for the information. The Compact became effective April 28, 1999, after Montana and Georgia became the first two states to ratify it, respectively. To date, 30 states have ratified the Compact.
The Compact establishes a Council to promulgate rules and procedures for the effective use of the Interstate Identification Index (III) System for noncriminal justice purposes.
The goal: to make available the most complete and up-to date records possible for noncriminal justice purposes.
The mission: The Compact Council, as a national independent authority, works in partnership with criminal history record custodians, end users, and policy makers to regulate and facilitate the sharing of complete, accurate, and timely criminal history record information to noncriminal justice users in order to enhance public safety, welfare, and security of society while recognizing the importance of individual privacy rights.
Compact Council Chairman:
FBI Compact Officer:
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