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2011-02-14ArticleHow does determining the official numbers of inhabitants work?

In contrast to traditional population censuses, not all household are questioned by interviewers in a register-based census. In the end, all inhabitants will nevertheless have been counted. How does it work?

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2011-02-04ArticleIn the census, it is prohibited to transfer data back

There have repeatedly been reports that there is a person identification number in the census or that data may be transferred back to other authorities. This is also mentioned in a letter to the editor printed in the current issue of the Test periodical published by Stiftung Warentest. Such statements are just wrong.

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2011-01-03ArticleFive good reasons for the census

The Census Commission gives scientific support to the 2011 Census. It consists of independent scientists of various disciplines. The Commission assesses the concepts, methods and procedures developed by the statistical offices.

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2010-10-22ArticleThere is no person identification number in the 2011 Census

Critics of the census claim that, in the 2011 Census, every person would get a unique person identification number – a procedure declared unconstitutional by the Federal Constitutional Court in its population census judgment of 1983.

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2010-08-05Article2011 Census – a case of data retention?

In the current public debate, the term “data retention” is often used in the context of the Telecommunications Act that took effect on 1 January 2008. The Act obliged the providers of publicly available telecommunication and internet services to retain comprehensive traffic data for possible later use by the law enforcement agencies, without any concrete suspicion being required.

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2010-07-21ArticleWhy religious affiliation is covered by the census

As religious affiliation is important for people’s life and, not least of all, to understand processes of integration of immigrants and their children, more detailed information is necessary on this issue.

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