Your Right to Privacy

How the Census Protects You

Completing the census is your opportunity to count for local resources and political representation. Answers are only reported in statistical data, which helps guide funding for community services such as maintaining public spaces, keeping libraries open, road improvements and supporting arts and cultural programs.

The U.S Census Bureau understands the need to protect everyone’s right to privacy and keeps answers completely confidential. Responses cannot be shared with any other person, organization, court, business or government agency for any reason.

The U.S. Census Bureau staff is committed to keeping your answers safe and completely confidential making sure everyone feels comfortable answering the survey. That’s why census employees take a lifetime oath to maintain your privacy and never reveal information about your identity.

Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, Census Bureau staff face up to five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine for violating that oath. You can review Title 13 and learn more about your privacy protections here.