Confidentiality and Data Access Webinar 1

June 25, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT

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The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics is hosting an eight session webinar series on Confidentiality and Data Access. The webinar series will feature eight sessions from the planned April FCSM 2020 Research and Policy Conference. The series will be held on selected Thursday afternoons from 3:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m. from June through October.

Registration is now open for the first webinar in the series. It will be a panel discussion on assessing privacy risk, focusing on reconstruction and re-identification. It will take place on Thursday June 25, 2020. We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be an important discussion.

There is no charge for this event or subsequent webinars in this series. Registration is required to receive login information and will be limited to the first 198 registrants. The discussion will be recorded and available after the event on the COPAFS website. To register, click the Register button at the bottom and fill out the requested information.

Assessing Privacy Risk: Reconstruction & Re-identification

(April 2020 Program Session H-4)

Thursday, June 25, 3:00PM
Organizer: Michael Hawes (U.S. Census Bureau)
Moderator: Michael Hawes (U.S. Census Bureau)


  • Aref Dajani (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Ellen Galantucci (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Shawn Bucholtz (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

The Evidence Act requires statistical agencies to conduct a comprehensive disclosure risk assessment prior to the public release of any data product. While quantifying the disclosure risk of data products can be challenging, reconstruction and re-identification experiments can be useful tools for agencies to use. This session will discuss how and when to conduct reconstruction and re-identification studies, their benefits and limitations, and how agencies can effectively incorporate them into their broader disclosure avoidance programs.

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