Margaret DONG, Plaintiff, vs. SMITHSONIAN INISTITUTION, Defendant

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Employee brought action against the Smithsonian alleging violation of Privacy Act. Court ruled that the Smithsonian as a federal agency was subject to the Privacy Act, which it willfully and intentionally violated. Court compensated employee $2,500 in damages to her reputation.


  • Dong, Margaret
  • Kessler, Gladys
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • United States Freedom of Information Act
  • United States Privacy Act of 1974
  • United States Administrative Procedure Act


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 943 F.Supp. 69 (D.D.C. 1996)
  • Title 05, Government Organization and Employees
  • Court case


See, Cotton v. Adams, 798 F.Supp. 22 (D.D.C.1992); See, Dong v. Smithsonian Institution, 878 F.Supp. 244 (D.D.C.1995); See, Cotton v. Heyman, 63 F.3d 1115, 1119 at note 2 (D.C.Cir.1995)

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943 Federal Supplement (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1997
  • 10/31/1996


  • Privacy, Right of
  • Actions and defenses
  • Administrative procedure
  • Freedom of information


Court case

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Number of pages: 5; Page Numbers: 69-75

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