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Social Security Numbers

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Social Security Numbers

Social Security Numbers

Social Security Numbers

Only Available in Archive Formats.

— NPR's Larry Abramson reports on the increasingly important role the Social Security registration number has taken on as a means of identifying people for purposes other than Social Security. In order to protect privacy and prevent fraud, some members of Congress want to restrict the use of Social Security numbers. However, Social Security numbers have become so important to so many business and government data bases, that it's hard to imagine what would replace them.