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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2017

Release Number CB17-RTQ.12

DEC. 21, 2017 — Several articles published this week in IT industry outlets incorrectly asserted that Personally Identifiable Information (PII) collected by the U.S. Census Bureau were part of a massive data leak. The reported data leak involved a third-party company that only had access to publicly available data from, including already published data from the 2010 Census. The company implicated had no access to PII collected by the Census Bureau, nor did the reported data leak involve Census Bureau servers or Census Bureau data stored through cloud services.

The Census Bureau is committed to protecting the privacy of all households and businesses that participate in its surveys and censuses. Data security and public trust in the Census Bureau are essential to our mission.



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