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Employees fear identity theft? Too bad: They still must provide social security numbers

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Unfortunately, your HR personnel files are a goldmine for identity thieves, filled with all kinds of juicy personal data. But a new court ruling shows that the rise in identity theft doesn’t excuse employees from disclosing their SSNs to employers ...

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Dan April 5, 2010 at 11:10 pm

The ONLY reason to ever put your SSN on any applications materials, is if the company is doing a background check. And those are only done immediately prior to a job offer. IN addition, the company is required to get your written permission before doing the background check.

On a side note, as a prior employee of BCBS, it is NOT mandatory to have your SSN be your medical ID. As Keith said, ‘”Because it’s the policy” isn’t good enough.’

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Keith March 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm

You can – and should – refuse to put your SSN on any applications materials. You should provide that information only upon being hired for a position. If an employer requires your SSN before an offer of employment is made, you really need to find out why. “Because it’s the policy” isn’t good enough.

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