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Disclosure Avoidance and the 2018 Census Test: Release of the Source Code

Thu Jun 06 2019
Written By: Dr. John M. Abowd, Chief Scientist and Associate Director for Research and Methodology and Dr. Simson L. Garfinkel, Senior Computer Scientist for Confidentiality and Data Access
Component ID: #ti525043200

The 2020 Census marks the first time that any federal government statistical agency applied the rigorous rule of differential privacy – the gold-standard of privacy protection – to defend the confidentiality of survey responses for a nation-wide census. In the design of the 2020 Decennial Response Processing System (DRPS), the differential privacy algorithm is implemented in a system called the Disclosure Avoidance System (DAS), so-named because its purpose is to prevent unauthorized disclosure of confidential data.

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