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2020 Census Information and Resources for Libraries: Privacy & Security

Useful resources to prepare for the 2020 Census

How the Census Bureau Protects Your Data

How the Census Bureau Protects Your Data

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential.
  • In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.

Our Legal Duty To Protect Your Information

  • The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.
  • Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies.
  • The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
  • The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. 
  • You are kept anonymous: The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.

Data Protection and Privacy Program

  • Being responsible stewards of your data is not only required by law, it is embedded in Census Bureau culture.
  • Strict policies and statistical safeguards help protect the confidentiality of your information.
  • Before releasing data products, the Census Bureau verifies that they meet its confidentiality standards.

Secure Technology

  • From the beginning of the data collection process, the Census Bureau follows industry best practices and federal requirements to protect your data.
  • The security of Census Bureau systems is a top priority, and our IT infrastructure is designed to defend against and contain cyberthreats.
  • We continually refine our approach to identifying, preventing, detecting, and responding to these threats.