Although there’s been a recent and welcome focus on the serious privacy implications of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ decision to retain personal identification details in this year’s census, there are other reasons Australians concerned about privacy should consider boycotting this year’s census.

Data collected in the census is undoubtedly a critical tool for policymakers in the design and administration of government services. It is also enormously useful to academics and researchers, and anyone with an interest in the changing nature of Australian demography and society.