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FTC Seeking Comments on SSN Use - Including Usage by Colleges and Universities

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it is seeking comments on the use of Social Security Numbers (SSNs) in the private sector. This inquiry is in response to a recommendation in the President’s Identity Theft Task Force Strategic Plan that called for the development of a comprehensive record on the uses of the SSN in the private sector and evaluate the necessity of those uses.

The FTC invites interested parties to comment on the various uses of SSNs by the private sector (including colleges and universities), 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 FTC asks that comments be as specific as possible, and include items such as studies, surveys, research, and cost estimates. Comments must be received on or before September 5, 2007. For more detailed information on how to submit comments and the specific questions and topics the FTC would like addressed in the comments, please see: