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Protecting Your Answers

Federal law protects your identity and the information you give us.

We Collect Information to Produce Statistics

We use your information to produce statistics. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Sworn for Life to Protect Your Confidentiality

All Census Bureau employees take the oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data.

Dr. Groves on Privacy

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Violating the Oath Is a Serious Crime

The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both.

We depend on your cooperation and trust, and promise to protect the confidentiality of your information. 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.

* Private information is never published

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

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