Several organizations have considered adopting differential privacy to enable comprehensive analysis while also protecting the identities of their users or stakeholders. In this post, Frank McSherry considers the application of differential privacy (DP) to demography, a field in which DP has encountered fierce resistance from some demographers who are concerned that its implementation could degrade their analysis. McSherry discusses the ramifications of not implementing DP and also describes why DP may actually improve the quality of demographic research. He concludes by noting that differential privacy provides research communities with a framework for evaluating and deciding upon the tradeoff between accuracy and privacy.