This webinar discusses census and data security, diving deeper into how the Census Bureau will be addressing security challenges on the first ever online census questionnaire. We also discuss how the Census Bureau keeps census data confidential and how census data are used to allocate federal funding.
The Census Bureau is modernizing its confidentiality protections for census responses. At the heart of this new approach is a mathematical definition of confidentiality called “differential privacy.” This fact sheet provides a brief and limited introduction to differential privacy, outlines the implications of the changes for data users, and encourages stakeholders to provide feedback to the Census Bureau. This fact sheet is published by the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and its partners, Data & Society and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
This report lays out concrete steps that the Census Bureau can take [...] so stakeholders have confidence that a broad use of administrative data will neither compromise census accuracy nor undermine the goal of eliminating the differential undercount.
Lack of trust in the confidentiality of census data presents a major barrier to census participation, despite the survey’s mandatory nature.