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Census workers causing concern for county residents

SPOKANE, Wash. - Census 2010 is underway and Crime Check and 911 operators have been receiving calls from concerned Spokane residents that workers claiming to be census takers are actually something other than government employees. 

If you are concerned about the identity of census takers, you can ask to see the worker's official identification card which they are required to carry and display if asked. ID cards for temporary workers do not bear a photograph, but do contain the worker's signature.

Federal law protects your privacy and keeps your census answers confidential. The information you give on the census form cannot be obtained by law enforcement or tax collection agencies. 

Your answers cannot be used in court, and cannot be obtained by Freedom of Information Act requests. As allowed by law, the information only becomes available after 72 years. 

The census information can be used for family history and other types of historical research.

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