|Received:||8/27/2007 12:21:46 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Private Sector Use of SSNs|
Comments:I am a Licensed Private Investigator in Georgia. I understand how unlimited access to Social Security numbers can be abused. The State of Georgia licenses me and I have required to carry a minimum of $1,000,000. liability,and errors and ommissions insurance to cover my mistakes or misuse of information. If we misuse information, there is an avenue for punishment and I feel that should be taken into consideration before taking that access away from Private Investigators who are using the Social Security numbers for legitimate and legal purposes. I serve Court documents such as lawsuits and subpoenas and usually have to locate the person prior to service. I also locate witnesses in both criminal and civil cases, locate heirs, locate people who commit fraud and people who don't pay their debts. It doesn't matter how unique someone's name is, without an identifier, there is no way to determine whether I have located the correct person. The Social Security number is just such an identifier. Thank you for your attention.