Online census has added security

Privacy protected, all data is confidential

This year, the 2020 Census will be the first to be completed largely online. With an increasingly large and diverse society, the Census Bureau has developed this technological innovation in order to deal with these challenges; along with cost restraints imposed by Congress.

With new savings, the Bureau plans to use it to cater to non-responding persons. This entails collecting responses from households who have not submitted their forms or have skipped over questions.

This has been a problem for many years which continues into this one. Due to this new online format, there has been an increase in concern for privacy and confidentiality.

In that past many individuals were unwilling or apprehensive to fill out their forms in fear of that their information could be used against them.

However, this is due to a lack of knowledge about the census process and a misunderstanding of what it does.

A population census is defined as the total process of collecting, compiling, and publishing demographic, economic and social data from a certain time frame to all people in a country or defined area of a country.

One large goal of this effort is to see the issues and concerns in certain areas so government and business can invest money in them and help address an area’s needs.

This is especially important to impoverished areas and why it is imperative that everybody participates so the Census Bureau will have an accurate number of responses so future budgets and planning are based on reality.

For those who are wary of the census and their privacy, all census information is confidential. Federal law protects all of your information by committing the US Census Bureau to this confidentiality.

Bound by Title 13 of the United States Code, it is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census or survey information that identifies an individual or business. Only after 72 years does the information collected become available to the general public.

Because of how important data is that is gathered, if you do not complete your census form, the Bureau will contact you to straighten things out. Refusing to answer any census question, or intentionally giving a false answer to one, can result in a fine.

If you are over the age of 18 and refusing to answer all or a part of the census, you can be fined up to $100. Intentionally giving a false answer can earn you a fine of up to $500.

In regard to what was a main concern for many living in America, the 2020 Census will not include a citizenship question.

A citizenship question has not been included among the forms for US households since 1950.

Opponents stated that such a question is intended to frighten noncitizens away from participating in the Census, legal or not. This would only hurt the Bureau as they would not have as accurate a toll of important data and information.

Your answers can only be used to produce statistics, so no one will have an idea of you as an individual in any way. The questions are simple and harmless to you and your household.

The Census Bureau simply wants to pave a brighter path for America. So respond to the Census and help shape the future knowing that your privacy and wellbeing are safe.