Are my answers confidential?

Your privacy matters.

Every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.

When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.

The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Don’t be afraid to be counted, even if you are not a legal citizen of the U.S. No court or law enforcement agency – not even the President of the United States – can access your individual responses, which under Title 13 remain confidential for 72 years.

Census workers are subject to a $250,000 fine and/or a five-year sentence for disclosing any information that could identify an individual respondent or household.

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1. What is the 2020 Census?
2. Why do we conduct this count?
3. How can I respond?
4. Why count Everyone?
5. Are my answers confidential?
6. What are the adjustments due to COVID-19?