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Hey, What About SSNs? FTC SSN Workshop-December 10, 11, 2007

Posted by Bill on December 1, 2007

Is your Social Security Number (SSN) important to you?  The U.S. Government ID number was originally issued only for designating your social security benefits account.  In fact, the original law and regulations, 1936,  declared that the SSN was for the exclusive use of the Social Security system.  Well, now, that seems to have been expanded.  Every business, credit application, medical office, credit card companies, bank and, of course, the IRS want and need your SSN.  They cannot live without it.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering what to do about SSNs use by everyone in the world, and how to limit dissemination and, hopefully, misuse of the SSN for identity theft and more illegal use.  Information about the FTC workshop on this issue is below.  But,

For everything you want to know about your SSN, go to the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s (EPIC) website SSN Privacy Page at EPIC SSN page.

Yesterday, the FTC, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection,  issued a summary of information it has obtained in preparation for an upcoming FTC workshop on private-sector use of Social Security numbers (SSNs).  See report FTC SSN Report.

On December 10 and 11, 2007, the FTC will host a public workshop, “Security in Numbers: SSNs and ID Theft,”to explore the uses of Social Security numbers in the private sector and the role of SSNs in identity theft, see Workshop.  The FTC is exploring ways to reduce unnecessary uses of the SSN.  The workshop will provide a forum for public-sector, private-sector, and consumer representatives to discuss the various uses of SSNs by the private sector, the necessity of those uses, alternatives available, the challenges faced by the private sector in moving away from using SSNs, and how SSNs are obtained and used by identity thieves.  The workshop will be free and open to the public.

This workshop is free and open to the public, but space will be limited.  Pre-registration is not necessary to attend but is encouraged so that we may better plan this event.  Those pre-registering should send their name and affiliation to SSNpreregister@ftc.gov.  Pre-registration will not guarantee a seat at the event; seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The FTC will use pre-registration information to estimate how many people will attend and better understand the likely audience for the workshop. 

The workshop will be at FTC Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Go to the below links for all the information you want or need about the FTC and your SSN.

Workshop Information 

FTC SSN Report 

Draft Agenda

If you want to know what is going to happen about your SSN and how it will be used in the future, and how you want it to be used by “everyone in the world” attend this workshop.  Let the FTC know the importance of your SSN.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

president@piava.org

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