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How the Census Bureau Protects Your Data

Updated: Feb 11

The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.


Our Legal Duty To Protect Your Information


The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.


Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.


The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous: the Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.


Data Protection and Privacy Program


Being responsible stewards of your data is not only required by law, it is embedded in Census Bureau culture. Strict policies and statistical safeguards help protect the confidentiality of your information. Before releasing data products, the Census Bureau verifies that they meet its confidentiality standards.


Secure Technology


From the beginning of the data collection process, the Census Bureau follows industry best practices and federal requirements to protect your data.


The security of Census Bureau systems is a top priority, and our IT infrastructure is designed to defend against and contain cyberthreats. We continually refine our approach to identifying, preventing, detecting, and responding to these threats.

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Need additional information?

Contact Linda Steinberg

Special Projects Coordinator for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District  (CUPHD) and Northeast Central (NEC) Regional Intermediary for the Illinois Census Count

Email: lsteinberg@c-uphd.org

Phone: 217-531-4338

You can also reach out to the Champaign County Area Complete Count Commitee at ChampaignCounty2020Census@gmail.com

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