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Fill out this creepy survey or go to jail

written by Jason Lewis

How would you feel if an anonymous person demanded to know:

  • Are there any women or children in your household?
  • Do you have any young daughters that live in your home?
  • How old is she?
  • What time do you usually leave for work?
  • How will you be getting to work?

Does this seem creepy to anyone else?  Does it seem like a database for stalkers?

Other questions included are:

  • What was your income for the past 12 months?
  • How much do you pay for your mortgage and utilities?

I’m one of the lucky ones who received a packet in the mail called “The American Community Survey” this year.  It’s run by the U.S. Census bureau.  The first letter that I got wasn’t the packet itself, but a threatening letter warning me that I would be required by law to filled out and return the questionnaire that would be mailed to me.

In the 2000 census, some people got the “short forms” and others got the “long forms.”  This time, everyone gets the short forms, and some lucky ones get the American Community Survey forms that are somehow required by law as well.

I don’t usually gripe about the census, but this is WAY beyond being constitutional in my opinion.

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