The information you provided to us in the 2011 Census is confidential and protected by law.

The confidentiality of personal information is a top priority for the census. Your personal census information is not shared with any other government department, local councils or marketing companies.

Information collected in the 2011 Census will be used solely to produce statistics and for statistical research. These statistics will not reveal any personal information.

The paper questionnaires are scanned, then shredded, pulped and recycled. Census records are kept confidential for 100 years before being made available to the public. Census records remain closed while they are in the custody of the census offices. Records from the 2011 Census for England and Wales are not scheduled for public release before January 2112.