Statistical confidentiality gives people who provide information used to produce statistics the assurance that this information will not be used in a way that might harm them.
Statistical confidentiality prohibits the government or public service officials who are depositories of information:
- from communicating individual information collected through a statistical survey to any third parties,
- from divulging any information that has been transmitted to them by third parties for the sole purpose of compiling statistics.
It therefore guarantees that:
- the confidentiality of the private and family life of natural persons will be respected
- the commercial confidentiality of businesses will be respected: any information transmitted will not be made available to their competitors.
If you want to submit a request for access to confidential data, go to the Procedure page.
To find out more about statistical confidentiality:
- Guide to Statistical Confidentiality (July 2018)
- The Statistical Confidentiality Committee (Jean Gaeremynck, December 2009)
- Access to confidential data (Jean-Pierre Le Gléau, May 2014)
- The secure remote access centre for French official statistics (Jean-Pierre Le Gléau and Jean-François Royer, May 2011)