In 2020 we face all sorts of threats to our privacy with social media, scams and the internet. How do we know that the Census Bureau keeps our information safe?
For starters, it is in Title 13 of the US Code that individual's private information is never disclosed. Census data is only shown in the form of collective data. This means that anything that could be used to identify an individual will never be shared by the Census Bureau or an employee. Data will only be displayed in statistics and as an entire collection.
Census Bureau employees are required to take a lifetime oath to protect your private information. Any employee that breaks this oath will face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 penalty or both. Also, the information collected from the Census can not be used against someone in court or be subpoenaed.
Since there will be an option to respond to the census online, there are some key things to look for to make sure your data stays safe. Remember that the census will never ask you for your social security number, bank account information, money or donations or political affiliation.
It is the Census Bureau's job to make sure that our data is kept safe and used to make our communities better. Let's show that #CougsCount and start shaping our future here and now!