For a moment, my heart stopped. I thought our government was making privacy concerns a priority. Then I re-read the headline and realized the story was about China and not the U.S. The Associated Press reports:
Counting millions of migrant workers and citizens’ privacy concerns are among the biggest difficulties facing China as it prepares for the world’s largest census next month, an official said Wednesday.
Feng said citizens have also become less cooperative in sharing personal details as they become increasingly aware of their rights to privacy. Although census takers are sworn to confidentiality, citizens are suspicious that the information they give can be used against them, he said.
He promised the census-takers would keep all information secret and protect the privacy of interviewees.
“The information will not be used to evaluate the performance of any entities or organizations. This information will not be used to impose penalties on any individuals,” he said.
Read more in the Chicago Tribune.