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STATIN says information obtained in surveys are kept confidential, urges support

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2016 | 6:45 AM

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is urging persons to support its surveys, as information obtained is strictly confidential.

The Field Services Division has responsibility for the collection of data for the surveys carried out by the Institute.

Director of Field Services, Damion Tyrell, reportedly told JIS News all its interviewers and employees sign an oath of confidentiality.

“We take that oath seriously, so we want to reassure Jamaicans that the information that they provide is confidential under the Statistics Act and we cannot provide this to any other party,” he says.

Sections 17 & 18 of the Act prohibit the publication or communication of information in any manner that may identify an individual or business.

Tyrell notes that the information provided from the surveys assist in producing publications highlighting living conditions; national income and product; the labour force; quarterly gross domestic product; demographic statistics and employment and earnings.

“Currently, we have the household expenditure survey in the field … we are on the heels of our quarterly labour force and we conduct the consumer price index (CPI) survey the first week of each month. In our 70 years of existence, we have never had a breach and we intend to keep it that way,” Mr. Tyrell reassures.

He encouraged persons to cooperate with the interviewers who may visit their homes, and urged them to make contact if there are doubts or concerns.

Mr. Tyrell is also appealing to individuals and establishments to reschedule visits and interview times with STATIN if they are not available when the interviewers visit.