I saw this post on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and wanted to pass it along his reference to intimate details that people share on Facebook all the while they protest sharing census information:

They may not mind sharing their most intimate details up on Facebook, but the majority of Australians want their census records destroyed for privacy reasons.

On August 9, Australians will be asked more than 60 questions in the new national census. The questions will cover profession, religion, income and the makeup of their family. One of those Questions, Question 60, will offer people the option to opt out of having their records made available to historians in future years.

Answering `yes’ will ensure the census information will be kept by The National Archives and made available once the lockdown period of 99 years has expired. Saying `no’ will mean the census form is destroyed once the statistical data has been collated.

An Ancestry.com.au survey found one third of Australians are planning to say `no’ to Question 60, even though 80 per cent of people said preserving their family history was important to them.

You can read more in an article in the 9NEWS web site at: http://goo.gl/Fpbj0.

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