Alabama Sues to Block Census Bureau’s Data Privacy Technique

March 10, 2021, 11:24 PM

A suit filed by the Alabama Attorney General Wednesday seeks to block the U.S. Census Bureau from using a new data fuzzing process that’s meant to thwart computerized snooping when detailed information is released for redistricting.

The complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama alleges that a process called “differential privacy” is delaying the U.S. Census Bureau’s release of material essential for once-a-decade remapping across the country and will produce data that’s too shoddy for states to use as they reconfigure their political maps.

“While the Bureau touts its mission ‘to count everyone once, only ...

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