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Privacy

The census asks questions about your household accommodation and the people who live there. Some LGBT people may not want to share some information with the people that they live with. Responding to the census does not require you to reveal personal information to your household.

If you are not out to the people you live with, or you are uncomfortable completing the household form, you can request a separate online or paper form. This is confidential and overrides your information on a household form.

If you fill in an Individual Questionnaire, your personal information won't be shared with with anyone else in your household. For example, this means your parents, housemates or landlord won't see your answers.

Click here to find out more about answering separately from your household.

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Data Protection

The information you provide in the census is protected and secure.

  • Personal data collected is owned by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is not shared with any, including other government bodies.
  • Census data is kept confidential and no individual or their responses can be identified in the statistics that are published
  • It is a crime to share personal census information unless required or permitted by law

The information you provide in the census is entirely confidential. Personal information from the census is managed by the Office for National Statistics and is kept confidential for 100 years once it is collected.


Click here to find out more about how the Office for National Statistics (ONS) ensures that the census data is safe and secure.