19
Jul

According to a Consumers Union telephone poll, 89% of respondents want companies to stop requiring them to provide their Social Security number.

The survey showed almost 90% of Americans have been asked to share their Social Security numbers during the past 12 months, oftentimes to companies who don’t really need it.

The breakdown is 60% for financial institutions, 49% for healthcare providers, 26% for cable TV or cell phone carriers, 17% for utilities and 16% for retailers.

If your company doesn’t really need a person’s Social Security number, don’t ask for it. You’ll be less vulnerable in the event of a data loss and your clients will thank you for it. If you do need a customer’s Social Security number, make sure you protect it (along with all the other forms of non-public information) and be sure your ID Theft prevention program is in place.

Category : Banks / Blog / Books / Business / Business tips / Compliance / Crime / cybercrime / Data loss / Enforcement / Government / Identity Theft News
Related Posts

Is Your Company Prepared?

$50K Penalty for Small Breach

Breach Prevention: Practical Advice

It’s The Simple Things …

Companies Consider Cyber Insurance


© 2008-2014 Julie Ryan All Rights Reserved -- Copyright notice by Blog Copyright

wordpress visitor