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Your SSN: To provide it or not…that’s the nagging question.

This is a recurring question in all quarters of the business world…must I provide my Social Security Number when a business asks (or demands) it? In a recent Social Security seminar conducted by the AMAC Foundation, this question arose and was hotly debated, with no real conclusion. And, given the constant flow of news accounts describing data breaches and security lapses among major companies (including companies like Equifax) that are the supposedly guardians of this number on our behalf, the reason why the question surfaces are understandable.

The Plain Dealer’s Teresa Dixon Murray, in a post today on, examines your options in this area (and they’re actually quite few). Check out her post here, and you might consider a letter-writing or phone calling campaign to your congressional representatives to demand that an alternative approach be pursued. Under the current Administration, where regulatory rollbacks are in favor, you might get traction!


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