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How the Census Bureau Protects Your Data

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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.

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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 household, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private information is never published 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.

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Data Protection and Privacy Program


Being responsible stewards of your data is not only required by law, it is embedded in our culture. Our policies and statistical safeguards help us ensure the confidentiality of your information. Before releasing data products, we verify that they meet our confidentiality standards.

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Secure Technology


From the beginning of the data collection process through the final storage of information, we follow industry best practices and federal requirements to protect your data.

The security of our 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.


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