How private is a Social Security Number?

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  1. Mortenga
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    Answer to topic title.
     
  2. cenotaph

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    Depends on where you live. In the country I happen to inhabit, the concept of privacy regarding personal info is virtually non-existent. I could get anyone's social security number in a picosecond, and lots more if I happened to care.
     
  3. Veho

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    Depends on where you live, I guess.

    Where I live, the social security number means nothing if you don't have access to government archives, which aren't online, so you can't access them. I could tell you my social security number, and all you could do with it is read my birthdate.

    And here it is: 1110981330106

    The first 7 digits are the birth date written in ddmmyyy format: October 11th, 1981.

    the 330 means I'm a male, born in Zagreb, the 10 means I was the tenth baby to be born that day, and the 6 is a parity bit control number.

    ...and that's it.
     
  4. Shinji

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    Wow thats....simple...

    xxx-xx-xxxx

    I think "public security" is a joke cause on almost every document, you have to write your SSN and do you know how many hands it goes through before it gets shredded? the same with credit card numbers, but thats another story for another thread...
     
  5. chari

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    Here, it is illegal for employers to inquire about your Social Security until after they've got your written consent or after they've hired you, but that doesn't stop them from trying to get it though. It's still an area they expect you to fill out most applications and most people don't know their civil rights have been violated when they are asked for it upfront like that.

    It's a good idea to check who is allowed to ask for it and when they should be able to obtain it wherever you live.
     
  6. mr_blonde_88

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    As UKers dont have SSN.... that or we do and I don't know mine, lol
     
  7. Clements

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    In the UK you are issued with a National Insurance Number, which is an the equivalent of a Social Security Number.
     
  8. mr_blonde_88

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    ahhh, our NIN is the same is it? Thought so
     
  9. Foie

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    Here in the US, it is somewhat private. You need to use it for a lot of documents and things, but you don't want to go giving it to people.
     
  10. mthrnite

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    I've been throwin' my number around so much these days, I'm thinking of having it printed on my shirt.
    Signing up for social benefits, AKA Guv'ment Cheese, lately, so it's a getting a workout.

    Food stamps! I don need no steenking food stamps!

    Oh, wait, yes please... here's my social...
     
  11. Renegade_R

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    My social security number is as private as 544-245-530