Are my answers safe and secure?

The Census Bureau collects data for statistical purposes only. They combine your responses with information from other households or businesses to produce statistics, which never identify your household, any person in your household, or business. Your information is CONFIDENTIAL. They never identify you individually.

Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information and violating this law is a crime with severe penalties. In addition, other federal laws, including the Confidential Statistical Efficiency Act and the Privacy Act reinforce these protections. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both.

It is against the law to disclose or publish any of the following information: 

  • Names 
  • Addresses including GPS coordinates 
  • Social Security numbers 
  • Telephone numbers

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1. Why does the Census Bureau ask the questions they do?
2. What if I am away from my residence on April 1, 2020?
3. What are the residency rules for Census Day 2020?
4. When will the results from the census be available?
5. Are my answers safe and secure?
6. How does the U.S. Census Bureau help me identify fraudulent activity and scams?