|Received:||8/4/2007 4:19:04 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Private Sector Use of SSNs|
Comments:Any governmentally mandated number, such as the SSN or a driver's license number, should be restricted to the use for which it was developed. SSNs should be used only for Social Security-related business. All other uses should be required to use their own numbering system -- this includes the IRS for taxation purposes, each state for its own taxation, and all medical and insurance organizations. It should be illegal for any business, non-profit, or any other organization to require the use of any number issued by a government agency for another purpose, such as the SSN. Only by forbidding use of a common number is there any hope of reclaiming or preserving any level of privacy to Americans -- privacy from public-sector intrusion, tracking, and targeting as much as from governmental overreaching.