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Trust & Safety Team

The U.S. Census Bureau's Trust & Safety Team protected the 2020 Census from misinformation and disinformation. Its No. 1 job was to ensure the 2020 Census is safe and easy.


Support the Trust & Safety Team by using these key facts and resources to protect the count. 

Keep Your Data Safe

The Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census, and all of its programs, quick, safe, easy for all participants. You should know that the Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers.
  • Money or donations.

Learn more about how to verify the identity of a census taker or how to report suspected fraud at Avoiding Fraud and Scams.

Learn About Data Privacy

The Census Bureau has a legal duty to protect your information. In fact, every employee is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential. This means that your private data is protected and cannot be shared with law enforcement or other government agencies.

Learn more about How the Census Bureau Protects Your Data.

Fight 2020 Census Rumors

Help the Census Bureau's Trust & Safety team by reporting inaccurate, suspicious, or fraudulent information you read, hear, or spot online, including:

  • A rumor in a message board or group claiming the information you provided will be publicly disclosed.
  • A suspicious email requesting your Social Security number or bank account information for the 2020 Census.
  • An advertisement on social media sharing fake 2020 Census websites and inaccurate information.

No matter what you find, let the Census Bureau know by contacting Then be sure to spread the word to make sure everyone has the right information about the 2020 Census. 


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