|Received:||8/29/2007 11:53:22 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Private Sector Use of SSNs|
Comments:I find it to be very troublesome that I am asked for my SSN by everyday employees at just about any store we deal with these days. The worst part is that it is collected along with other personally identifiable information such a birth date/location & parent information. I fully understand why a private company would like to track me based on one of the few unique identifiers that an American has. However I don't feel that they show the same diligence with this information that the Social Security Administration does. The worst part is that there are a number of companies that will still DENY you the "right" to do business with them if you won't provide your SSN. They should at least be obligated to issue you a reserved unique number in place of your real SSN (say 999-xx-yyyy).