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How we protect your privacy

We never reveal your identity to anybody else. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' 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. Disclosing ANY information that could identify you or your family means 5 years in prison, or $250,000 in fines, or both.

To protect your privacy, the American Community Survey NEVER asks for:

  • your Social Security number
  • your personal information via email
  • money or donations
  • credit card information

If a field representative comes to your home to help you complete the American Community Survey, he or she will ALWAYS have official Census ID.

We never reveal your identity to anybody else. Ever.

Thank you for your time and effort. It makes a difference!


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | American Community Survey Office | Email ACS | Last Revised: September 03, 2014
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