The single most important personal privacy decision you can make to protect your identity and avoid identity theft is to refuse to provide your Social Security number to anyone unless you are required by law to provide it.
Prevent identity theft through personal privacy living that includes guarding your Social Security number. And when you do this, there will be positive personal privacy gained as money, assets, home, property, and other personal information will be difficult to access when the identity thief cannot find your SSN anywhere.
If you’re liable for taxes, it will be necessary to provide your SSN on a personal tax return. Those in the know limit their use of this nine digit numberical identifier to the tax return. Nothing else unless a statute requires providing it. The other exception may be that when a good or service is so valuable that the providing of the SSN to receive said good or service might justify giving it to the agency or business requesting it.
I have not memorized my SSN. So, in the event someone or an agency requests it, advance notice will be required in order for me to comply-if I decide to comply.
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