The census undertakings state that census personal information will be used solely for statistical purposes, and treated in strict confidence.

This section will show how the Office for National Statistics plans to maintain the confidentiality of personal information.

These plans will be assessed to ensure their integrity and transparency in a series of assessments carried out throughout the phases of the Census Transformation Programme.

Privacy Impact Assessment

This initial report (see Related downloads) covers the first phase of the programme and will be updated to take account of ongoing research, emerging plans and changing requirements. The preparation of this report takes account of guidance issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office, the advice of privacy advocates, stakeholders and users.