Your information is protected by law
Information you provide is confidential and protected by the
Census (Jersey) Law 2018. It is also protected by the
Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 and the
Public Records (Jersey) Law 2018.
The census law appoints Statistics Jersey as the legal entity to run the Jersey Census. It also ensures we're independent from Government, and sets out strict rules for how we collect, analyse and distribute data.
We will keep your personal data strictly confidential and will not share it with other Government departments or individuals.
We take our responsibility to protect your personal details very seriously. Everyone working with personal census information signs an undertaking that they will keep the information confidential or face prosecution.
How we keep your information safe
We take data confidentiality very seriously. We want you to feel safe about sharing your personal information with us. We have put the following measures in place to keep your information safe:
- all information collected for the census is protected by law
- only a small number of authorised staff can access the census forms and electronic records
- the penalty for any breaches by staff include a fine and / or imprisonment
- all staff are made fully aware of their legal obligations by signing a confidentiality declaration
- no individual-level data will be shared with anyone outside of Statistics Jersey
- only grouped statistics are published so it won’t be possible to identify individuals from the published report
Who will see your information
Only a small number of authorised staff can see your personal information. We will not disclose your personal information to anybody outside of the census office.
Individuals will not be identifiable from the final census report since we only publish grouped statistics.
Once we publish the final report we put the census forms into secure archive storage. Census records are stored securely for 100 years, after which time they are made publicly available for future generations.
How we will contact you
Most questionnaires were delivered to households by post in mid-March. Some questionnaires were hand-delivered by our census officers.
We are posting letters to all households who have not yet returned their completed census questionnaire.
From April you may get a visit from one of our census collectors if we have not had a completed questionnaire back from you. They will offer help and advice and give you a replacement form if you have lost yours.
Our census field team will always carry their census photo ID badge. Ask to see it if they do not automatically show it to you.
Our census field team will never enter your home. They will be wearing face coverings, sanitise regularly and will be working in line with government guidance.
We have been made aware of fraudulent text messages being received by members of the public threatening a census fine. Please ignore the messages. You will never be issued with a fine by text message, phone call, email or social media or on the doorstep by a census field officer.