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Census Privacy

Privacy & Confidentiality of Info Provided to Census

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The Census will never reveal your identity to anybody else. Ever.

The Census Bureau collects information to produce statistics. Your answers are confidential and your personal information cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements of Title 13, U.S. Code.
  • By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s answers with anyone — not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.
  • All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect all information that could identify individuals. When hired to work for the Census Bureau, employees must sign a sworn affidavit of nondisclosure.
  • Violating the law is a serious federal crime. Anyone who violates this law will face severe penalties, including a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
Title 13, U.S. Code is available to download from the Government Printing Office here [.PDF 311KB].