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Census Confidentiality and Privacy: 1790-2002. U.S. Bureau of the Census 2002

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Link: http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/conmono2.pdf

Overview:
This monograph focuses on the confidentiality of census information and its historical evolution between the 1790 and 2002 censuses and contains a summary of some useful information.

Contents: THE GROWING NEED FOR CONFIDENTIALITY SAFEGUARDS
1790-1840: Shouldnt This Information Be Confidential?
Census results publicly posted
First concerns about economic data
1850-1950: The Long Journey to Title 13
Secretary of the Interiors statement
Superintendent of the Census declaration
Local supervisors replace U.S. marshals
The 1880 and 1890 Census Acts
Confidentiality strengthened and extended to individuals
Access to individual census records
DISCLOSURE LIMITATION AT THE CENSUS BUREAU
The Disclosure Review Board
RESTRICTED ACCESS TO CONFIDENTIAL DATA
Choosing and Setting up New RDCs
Securing the office
Security functions of personnel at the RDC
Protecting Confidentiality for the Life Cycle of Research Projects
Initial inquiry
Project selection
Evaluating Confidentiality Safeguards at the RDCs
PRIVACY AT THE CENSUS BUREAU: 1974 - 2002 AND BEYOND
SUMMARY