Is it Safe?

Online Responses

The Census Bureau's secure servers use "HTTPS" or Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure Socket Layer. This ensures the encrypted transmission of data between your browser and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Your 2020 Census information is encrypted at all times.  


How do you know if you are on a secure website?

You can tell you’re connected to a website with an HTTPS connection if the address in your web browser’s address bar starts with “https://”. You will also see a lock icon, which you can click for more information about the website’s security.

Why do you care about 'HTTPS?'

A closed lock signifying the protected nature of Census Responses using HTTPS.

When you send sensitive information over an HTTPS connection, no one can eavesdrop on it. This means that instead of sending readable text over the Internet, both your browser and the U.S. Census Bureau's server encodes, or scrambles, all data using a security key. HTTPS is what makes secure online banking and shopping possible.

How safe is it?

In addition to data being encrypted during transmission, all data is encrypted for protection when stored on the Census Bureau servers.

The major benefits of a HTTPS certificate are:

  • All of your submitted information is encrypted and cannot be intercepted

  • You can verify the online 2020 Census Questionnaire is a part of the website registered and owned by the Census Bureau