U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

end of header


You are here: Census.govHistoryReferenceLegislation › Legislation 1974 - 1983
Skip top of page navigation


Legislation 1974 - 1983

  • Privacy Act of 1974 (December 31, 1974) (P.L. 93-579) Download PDF [943KB PDF]
    • Establishes a Federal Privacy Board. Statistical data, such as census records, are explicitly exempted from the provisions of the privacy act.
  • An Act of December 23, 1975 (P.L. 94-171) Download PDF [512KB PDF]
    • Provides for the transmittal of population data to the states and localities within one year of the decennial census date for use in redrawing congressional and other legislative districts.
  • Americans of Spanish Origins Social Statistics Act (June 16, 1976) (P.L. 94-311) Download PDF [106KB PDF]
    • Joint Resolution that the Department of Commerce begin to publish social statistics about persons of Hispanic origin.
  • Title 13—Census (October 17, 1976) (P.L. 94-521) Download PDF [387KB PDF]
  • An Act of October 5, 1978 (P.L. 95-416) Download PDF [162KB PDF]
    • Provides for the transfer of census returns to the National Archives. Mandates that those returns are kept confidential until 72 years after the census to which they pertain.
  • An Act Making Appropriations for the Department of Commerce and other agencies (November 28, 1983) (P.L. 98-166) Download PDF [819KB PDF]
    • Along with providing appropriations for fiscal year 1983, this law also authorizes the Census Bureau to share addresses with the United States Postal Service to improve its address lists.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] This symbol Off Site indicates a link to a non-government web site. Our linking to these sites does not constitute an endorsement of any products, services or the information found on them. Once you link to another site you are subject to the policies of the new site.
Is this page helpful?
Thumbs Up Image Yes Thumbs Down Image No
255 characters maximum 255 characters maximum reached
Thank you for your feedback.
Comments or suggestions?
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: December 14, 2023