Committed to Your Privacy

Title 13

Is my information private?

Yes, your information is protected by Federal Law and the U.S. Census Bureau. Title 13 is a section of the U.S. Code that creates and protects the Census.


Title 13 provides the following protections to individuals and businesses:

  • Private information is never published. It is against the law to disclose or publish any private information that identifies an individual or business. This includes names, addresses (including GPS coordinates), Social Security Numbers, and telephone numbers.
  • The Census Bureau collects information to produce statistics. Personal information cannot be used against people who complete the Census by any government agency or court. Census Bureau employees are sworn to protect confidentiality.
  • People sworn to uphold Title 13 are legally required to maintain the confidentiality of your data. Every person with access to your data is sworn for life to protect your information with an Oath of Non-Disclosure. The penalties for violating this law are applicable for a lifetime.
  • Violating the law is a serious federal crime. Anyone who violates this law will face severe penalties, including a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

►Title 13, U.S. Code is available to download from the Federal Government Printing Office.


The 72-Year Rule

The personal information you provide to the U.S. Census questionnaire is private and protected from release for 72 years. That means that the information we provide on the 2020 Census will not be released to any individual person or business until the year 2092. 

►You can read a history of The 72-Year Rule on the U.S. Census Bureau's page HERE.