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Data security carries the highest priority for the Census. The confidentiality is vital to public confidence in the integrity of the Census. The information given on the Census Forms is protected by strict legal confidentiality provisions of the Census Act and the Data Protection Act.

Everyone working with Census information must sign an undertaking that they will protect the privacy of information. It is a criminal offence to disclose personal Census data.

After collection, the Statistics Office takes charge of the data and, on completion of the exercise, the forms are transferred to the Government Archivist.

Statistics will be published in a manner that protects the identification of any particular person, as required by the law. Names and addresses are retained purely for Census purposes and are removed from the data used for tabulation - they are not accessible to anyone requesting Census data.