|Received:||8/27/2007 12:11:54 PM|
|Organization:||Camil Consulting Corp|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Private Sector Use of SSNs|
Comments:I have been involved with investigative work for over 27 years. 19 of them for the government. Social security numbers have been an invaluable tool and are critical in the use of identification without almost any error. Often when trying to determine if the subject you are investigating is the correct subject, one of the only unique methods (identifiers) is using the social security number. We all know there are many people with the same name and even some with the same date of birth or close. The social security number allows investigators to be sure the subject being investigated is the correct person. This assists with saving time, funds, and helps insure the client is being provided reliable information. Many of us who conduct investigations are not just involved in providing information to our clients in the private sector but also to the government involving both criminal and civil cases. The social security number used as a unique identifier is not replaceable, and is vitally necessary for the proper and accountable use in investigations.