Keeping your data safe

The safety of your information is our top priority at the Office for National Statistics. No one can identify you in the census statistics we publish. We make sure they contain none of your personal information. Your census record is kept secure for 100 years and only then can future generations see it.

We do not sell your personal information. Everyone working on the census signs the Census Confidentiality Undertaking. It’s a crime for them to unlawfully share personal census information. This includes people working for the census offices and for our suppliers.

We have strict security procedures that follow government standards. This includes physical and IT security measures to protect your data.

Laws in place that cover protection of your data include the:

  • Data Protection Act 2018
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Census Act 1920
  • Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007

We follow the law to the letter.

To find out more about how we keep your information safe, please visit the ONS website.