We depend on your cooperation and trust, and we promise to protect the confidentiality of your information. The Census Bureau's Privacy Principles remind us of this promise and help ensure the protection of your information throughout all of our activities.
The Privacy Principles are our guidelines. They help us as we design surveys to consider respondents' rights and concerns. Every principle embodies a promise to you, the respondent.
Every time we prepare to ask a question, we determine whether the information is truly necessary. All of the information we collect is used for federal programs.
We collect information only for statistical purposes, and it is never used to identify individuals. Before participating, you have the right to know why we are conducting the survey or census, why we are asking specific questions, and the purposes for which the information will be used.
In addition to removing personally identifiable information, such as names, telephone numbers, and addresses, from our data files, we use various approaches to protect your personal information; including computer technologies, statistical methodologies, and security procedures.
Our security measures ensure that only a restricted number of authorized people have access to private information and that access is only granted to conduct our work and for no other purposes. Every person who works with census confidential information collected by the Census Bureau is sworn for life to uphold the law.
Violating the confidentiality of a respondent is a federal crime with serious penalties, including a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.