Alabama sues to stop redistricting delay, privacy initiative
It also asks the court to stop the statistical agency from using a new method for protecting participants' privacy, which the state argues produces faulty numbers. Census numbers are also used for the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal funding each year for things like highways and schools. The Alabama lawsuit takes on a new privacy protection technique known as differential privacy. For example, the suit contends that in sample data the Census Bureau released, it appeared to erase the Black voting-age populations in 60 communities in Alabama. AdThe Census Bureau says it is still hammering out the details, but bureau officials have said previously they are trying to find “the sweet spot” between data confidentiality and data accuracy.