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Ruth Bass: Nine digits that owner must guard

On the one hand, you can find evidence that no one was ever supposed to use a Social Security number for identification. On the other hand, every credit card application we’ve ever seen asks for that very number and won’t issue a charge card without it. For decades after Social Security was established in the 1930s, the cards included the phrase “not to be used for identification.” But no law was passed to enforce that. And the use and misuse of the precious link to retirement income has expanded exponentially ever since. Read more…


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