Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I be sure my information is really going to the Census Bureau and not some third party?

Our secure server uses a digital certificate (digital ID) issued by a Certificate Authority (CA) as proof of identity. The only way to be sure of a web site's authenticity is to view their digital ID.

The digital ID will contain information such as:

  • The name of the organization that owns the web site (for example, "U.S. Census Bureau")
  • The site's registered Internet name/address (for example, "")
  • The name of the Certification Authority under which the digital ID was issued (for example, "VeriSign Trust Network")

The method for viewing a web site's Digital Certificate/ID varies depending on the web browser. Please see your browser's "help" information for instructions on how to verify a web site's identity.


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