Will my answers be shared with law enforcement or my landlord?

The Census Bureau is required by law to protect all individual responses. Information can only be shared as area-wide statistical data, and only from areas large enough that one cannot guess at any individual’s responses within that area. 

By law, census responses cannot be used against any individual; by any government agency or court in any way. Not by the FBI, CIA, DHS, or ICE. These organizations cannot even access raw data.

Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, any Census Bureau employee who releases any identifiable information about any individual, household, or business  faces a penalty of up to $250,000 and/or five years in prison.

The only exception this is that after 72 years, Title 44 of the U.S. Code allows the National Archives and Records Administration to release 72-year-old census records for historical research. Any response to the 2020 Census will remain completely confidential until 2092.

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The 2020 Census and Confidentiality

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1. What is the Census?
2. How do I participate?
3. What questions will be asked?
4. Will my answers be shared with law enforcement or my landlord?
5. What is this letter from the Census Bureau that has nearly fifty questions?
6. What about phone calls, letters, or website popups that say they are from the Census Bureau but ask very personal questions?
7. Who is that guy outside who says he is from the Census Bureau?