Are my answers safe and confidential?

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.

The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the United States Code. This laws not only provides authority for the work we do, but also provides strong protection for the information we collect from individuals and businesses. As a result, the Census Bureau has one of the strongest confidentiality guarantees in the federal government.

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. This is true even for inter-agency communication: the FBI and other government entities do not have the legal right to access this information. In fact, when these protections have been challenged, Title 13's confidentiality guarantee has been upheld.

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1. Will the Census ask if I am a US Citizen?
2. Are my answers safe and confidential?
3. Is the Census accessible?
4. What will the Census form look like?
5. How are individuals experiencing homelessness counted?
6. If I am living here temporarily, what do I do?
7. What information will the census NOT ask for?
8. Will this impact me or my family if people are undocumented or wanted by law enforcement?
9. If I'm here as a student and Lowell isn't my permanent address, should I fill out the census?