What happens to my responses?

We take our responsibility to protect your information very seriously. The Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015 ensures that your data is protected from cybersecurity risks. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. By law, the Census Bureau can use your responses only to produce statistics. If you respond online, all web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your privacy. If you respond using a paper questionnaire, your completed questionnaire will be destroyed after processing.

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1. When can I complete the census?
2. What questions does the 2020 Census ask?
3. How is census data used?
4. What happens to my responses?
5. Will my information be disclosed to other agencies?
6. Will the census form be available in different languages?
7. How do I know whether someone works for the U.S. Census Bureau?