Sixteen states support Alabama in suit challenging Census Bureau’s data privacy technique

Sixteen states are supporting Alabama in a lawsuit it filed against the U.S. Census Bureau, challenging the legality of a novel statistical method that the bureau is using for the 2020 census.

The states filed a brief Monday in support of the Alabama suit, brought on March 10, which asked a judge to stop the bureau from using “differential privacy” as a means of protecting people’s data. The method will harm the state by generating inaccurate data, Alabama alleged in its complaint.

Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia signed
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