Census 2021: Your data and security video transcript

Office for National Statistics spokesperson: The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and asks questions about you, your home and the people who live in it.

By filling in the census questionnaire, you can play your part in building a picture of us all.

All our systems, staff and suppliers, and the way we do things follow strict government standards.

Your confidentiality is protected by law.

Your personal census information cannot be seen or used by government or anyone else.

We cannot and will not share it with any third parties.

Only carefully selected and approved ONS staff can see your personal census information.

Once you've submitted your online or paper census form, we use your personal information such as name and address to make sure you are counted.

Your personal information is then removed, and your census record is locked away for 100 years.

Now that your information is anonymous, we use this to produce statistics.

We may supplement the census with other information such as council tax, vehicle and driver licencing data.

We protect these data in the same way as census information and they are only provided to us to produce statistics.

The statistics produced from census and other data help the government, local authorities, health services and other businesses to plan and fund services in your area.

These include areas like transport, education, healthcare and retail.

We all use public and local services, whether it's a trip to the doctor, taking your children to school, commuting to work or buying food at your local supermarket.

It's all about us.

By taking part, you will be helping make sure you and your community get the services you need, now and in the future.