I’ve been hearing things about privacy and identity theft in the media lately. Will my answers be made public or will my information be given to anyone else?

We take our legal and ethical obligations to protect your confidentiality very seriously. Without your trust and cooperation, the NLSY79 would not be such a rich source of information. Researchers and policymakers use the information that you provide to help them understand the work experiences, family characteristics, health, financial status, and other important aspects about the lives of people in your generation. These researchers and policymakers are never provided with your name, address, phone number, Social Security number, or other information that could reveal your personal identity. For more information, please see our page on protecting your privacy.