What happens to my information?

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law.

  • Your answers can only be used to produce statistics.
  • The Census Bureau will never share information with immigration enforcement agencies or law enforcement agencies.
  • They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.

Your responses are protected by law. The U.S. Census Bureau cannot release any information that identifies you individually for 72 years. The Census Bureau uses your information for statistical purposes only, such as helping to inform decisions for new hospitals, schools and roads.

The information collection process is designed with layers of security to keep your information safe and secure. No matter your method of response, your information is collected, transmitted and kept secure throughout the process. The Census Bureau works with the federal intelligence cyber community and industry experts to continuously update protections and safeguards.