Guidelines for Government Statistical Agencies
Government agencies and international organizations collect, compile, process, store and
disseminate many kinds of data. This page provides information about
privacy and confidentiality protection guidelines for government and international agencies.
We discuss key federal laws and regulations relating to privacy and confidentiality, such as
on a separate page, accessible via the Laws and Regulations link at the left of the page.
A. Guidelines for U. S. statistical agencies
Statistical Working Paper 22
Describes the confidentiality protection methods employed by statistical agencies.
and Data Access Committee (CDAC)
CDAC provides a forum for staff members of Federal statistical agencies who work on
confidentiality and data access topics to communicate among themselves, exchange ideas, etc. The
page contains links to other resources for agencies, including announcements of tutorials in privacy and confidentiality.
and Practices for A Federal Statistical Agency, Fourth
Edition. 2009, eds: C. F. Citro, M. E. Martin, and M. L. Straf;
Committee on National Statistics, National Research Council
A publication of recommended principles and practices
for federal statistical agencies. Topics covered include protecting the
confidentiality and respecting the privacy of data providers.
B. Material from the United Nations
Nations Statistics Division, "Good practices in official
Internationally approved statement of the basic norms which government
statistical services are expected to follow in their work. It is based on ten
Fundamental Principles. Of particular relevance to privacy and confidentiality are Principles 6, and, to a lesser extent, 2, 5, and 7.
Nations Statistics Division, "Search the good practices database"
A search engine for finding national practice with respect to these ten principles
Nations Statistics Division, Handbook of Statistical Organization, Third
Edition: The Operation and Organization of a Statistical Agency (December 2001)
Deals with the fundamentals of
national systems of official statistics: general principles, data collection
and respondent policies, principles of organization and management, and
dissemination guidelines. The intended audience includes both
chief statisticians (and their colleagues) and those charged with oversight of
the official statistics functions.
Statistical Confidentiality and
Access to Microdata
Managing Statistical Confidentiality and Microdata Access: Principles and Guidelines for Data Access (2007)
The booklets are published by the UN Economic Commission for Europe. They contains the recommendations of a task force established by the UNECE to develop guidelines
for agencies on data access. The first link sets the stage for the task force, and the second link has the recommendations of the task force.
Keynote address to Conference of European Statisticians (2003)
Explains the importance of public use data dissemination among statistical agencies.