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Modernizing Privacy Protections for the 2020 Census: Next Steps

April 28, 2021
DR. JOHN M. ABOWD, CHIEF SCIENTIST AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR RESEARCH AND METHODOLOGY AND DR. VICTORIA A. VELKOFF, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR DEMOGRAPHIC PROGRAMS

The world has evolved quite a bit since 1990, the last time we changed the way we protect individual responses in published census statistics. Back in the pre-Internet age, statistics were shared via floppy disk. Most people had to visit a library to look up census and other publicly available information.

Today, that information is now freely available online. The amount of personal data about each of us, from commercial and public databases as well as social media, is massive and growing.

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