16 states back Alabama’s challenge to Census privacy tool

Ohio filed its lawsuit last month after the Census Bureau said the redistricting data wouldn’t...
FILE - This March 19, 2020, file photo, shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident. Alaska on Monday became one of 16 states to file briefs in support of Alabama's challenge against the U.S. Census Bureau's decision to delay by six months the release of data used for redrawing congressional and legislative districts, as it took aim at the accuracy of a privacy protection system that is alleged to be holding up the process. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)(Matt Rourke | AP)
Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 7:36 AM AKDT
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Sixteen states are backing Alabama’s challenge to a new method the Census Bureau is using in an effort to protect the privacy of people who participated in the head count.

A judge on Monday allowed the 16 states to file briefs in a support of a lawsuit brought by Alabama last month. Alabama’s lawsuit seeks to stop the Census Bureau from adding intentional errors to the data. Bureau officials say the change is needed to prevent data miners from matching individuals to confidential details.

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

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