Alabama recently became the second state to sue the Census Bureau in an attempt to secure the needed redistricting data earlier than the currently forecast September 30th date. In an attempt to do so, Alabama might be setting up the precedent in which the Census Bureau is forced to release data without differential privacy. “Without the extra layer of database noise, called ‘differential privacy,’ that the bureau wants to overlay, ‘you could see a federal agency, like ICE, do a ‘re-identification’ attack, find pockets where you have non-citizens and go in and do raids and deport people,’ said University of Florida professor Michael McDonald, who specializes in elections. ‘That would be antithetical to the Census Bureau’s mission.'” Read more here.

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