The U.S. Census Bureau released guidelines for how differential privacy will be used in re-districting congressional and legislative districts, Reuters reports. The method is being used to protect the identity of participants in the 2020 census while maintaining statistically accurate information. The guidelines released favor accuracy over privacy, compared to earlier versions that raised concerns over inaccuracy. University of Minnesota demographer Steven Ruggles regarded the guidelines as “pointless” for privacy protections, while Census Bureau Acting Director Ron Jarmin said they “strike the best balance.”
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