Census Bill of Rights
YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING RIGHTS:
- To be counted in the 2020 Census.
- Every person living in California on April 1, 2020, regardless of citizenship status, must be
counted in the census.
- To participate in the federal decennial census free of threat or intimidation.
- To confidentiality and privacy.
- Under federal law (Title 13), the U.S. Census Bureau is NOT allowed to share your individual
census responses with the public or with other government agencies, such as immigration and
- To respond to the census either online, by telephone, or by paper.
- To request language assistance.
- The printed census form will be available in only English and Spanish.
- The online questionnaire and telephone assistance are available in the following languages:
Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole,
Portuguese, and Japanese.
- The U.S. Census Bureau's Language Assistance Guides will be available in 59 non-English
languages, including American Sign Language.
- To verify the identity of a census employee.
- If a U.S. Census Bureau employee comes to your door or contacts you, you can ask to see
identification or for their name to confirm they work for the Bureau. You have a right to refuse
to provide any personal information to someone who comes to your door without federal
identification that proves they are a U.S. Census Bureau employee.
Under California law, a person who does either of the following is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by
imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000),
or by both a fine and imprisonment:
- Falsely represents that they are a census taker with the intent to interfere with the operation of the census
or with the intent to obtain information or consent to an otherwise unlawful search or seizure.
- Falsely assumes some or all of the activities of a census taker with the intent to interfere with the operation of
the census or with the intent to obtain information or consent to an otherwise unlawful search or seizure.
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