Is it safe, secure and confidential?
Yes. The census is strictly confidential. The Statistics Unit take the responsibility to protect your personal details very seriously. Any individual information you supply will not be shared with anyone outside of the Census Office.
Everyone working with personal census details must sign an undertaking that they will protect the privacy of information. Data Protection legislation and census confidentiality legislation allows for anyone who discloses personal census details to be prosecuted. Personal details are kept confidential for 100 years after each census, when they are then released.
How will you protect my personal information?
The census team takes data confidentiality very seriously. We want you to feel safe about sharing personal information with us. The following has been put in place for all census data:
- all information collected for the purposes of the census is protected by the Census Law, the Data Protection Law and the Public Records Law
- only authorised staff are able to access the census forms and database
- the penalty for any breaches by staff include a fine and / or imprisonment
- all staff are made fully aware of their legal obligations in this respect by signing a confidentiality declaration
- the data will not be shared with any States department or individual
- only grouped statistics are published so it will not be possible to identify individuals from the published report
Who will see my information?
Only authorised staff are able to see your information and only essential staff will be authorised – for example those inputting data. Your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside of the census office.
Individuals will not be identifiable from the final census report since only grouped statistics are published.
If you have any concerns you should contact the Statistics Unit.
What happens to the information collected when the census is finished?
After the census is complete and the report has been published, the census forms are archived into secure storage. Census data is stored for 100 years, after which time it is made publicly available for research purposes.