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A History of the U.S. Census Bureau's Disclosure Review Board

CED-DA Report Series 2019-03
Laura McKenna
Component ID: #ti2070430629


The U.S. Census Bureau conducts its censuses and
surveys under Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 9 mandate to not “use the information furnished under the provisions of this title for any purpose other than the statistical purposes for which it is supplied; or make any publication whereby the data furnished by any particular establishment or individual under this title can be identified; or permit anyone other than the sworn officers and employees of the Department or bureau or agency thereof to examine the individual reports (13 U.S.C. § 9 (2007)).” The Census Bureau applies Disclosure Avoidance (DA) techniques to its publicly released statistical products in order to protect the confidentiality of its respondents and their data. None of the information in this paper is confidential.

Additionally, the products must be approved before
dissemination by the Disclosure Review Board (DRB). The Board ensures that standard DA techniques have been applied, but its members also discuss each product to determine if it presents any additional disclosure risks.

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