Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.22, No.4, 2006. pp. 615–619
Stephen E. Fienberg
Abstract:Habermann is a dedicated professional serving a lead statistical agency in exemplary fashion. His defense of the actions of those in his agency both present and past is vigorous and impressive. We are friends and more often than not agree on statistical matters, both methodological and professional. Unfortunately, in the present instance, I believe that his arguments about the past are not well supported by the facts and that his views about ethics are out of step with much of the profession and the expectations of modern American society. In this commentary I discuss the relevance of history, and matters of law and ethics, in that order.
Keywords:Census data, confidentiality, data sharing, ethics, disclosure limitation
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