Differential privacy the correct choice for the 2020 US Census

The U.S. Census Bureau has long struggled to balance the accuracy and privacy of its decennial census data. High-impact use cases such as funding allocation and redistricting make the accuracy of this data especially crucial. On the other hand, census data privacy is not only required by law, but is also important for protecting vulnerable populations and ensuring a high response rate. Due to serious privacy concerns about its previous de-identification method, swapping, the Census Bureau recently switched to a newer method: differential privacy.

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