Important Information on the 2020 Census
The 2020 Census & Data Stewardship
When you trust us with your information, our goal — and legal duty — is to keep it safe. Our mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.
We couldn’t produce this information without you.
Census Employees take an oath for life to safeguard your information. If they break that oath they can be fined up to $250,000 and jailed up to 5 years All of our employees take a mandatory annual training reminding them of our confidentiality policies.
The Law Protects Your Information
By law, your information is confidential. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. The law is found in Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Anyone who violates this law faces severe penalties.
Our Privacy Principles Guide Our Work
Our privacy principles guide our actions so that we respect your privacy and protect your confidentiality.
We do not identify individuals in the data
We can only publish statistics.
Our Disclosure Review Board verifies that any data product we release meets our confidentiality standards.
From the beginning of the data collection process through the final storage of information, we protect your data following industry best practices and federal requirements. We use data encryption and two forms of authentication to secure system access. The security of our systems is a top priority and we continually refine our approach to address emerging threats.
We Keep Your Data Safe!
Census Data Is Used All Around You
Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
- Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.
- Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, which creates jobs.
- Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalizing old neighborhoods.
Federal law protects your census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statics. By law we cannot share your information with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits.
You are the expert - we need your ideas on the best way to make sure everyone in your community gets counted.
In 2020, you will be able to respond to the census online.