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9-Digit 'Social' Overused as ID

The Social Security number has come a long way in the nearly 70 years since its inception as an identifier for a government retirement program. These days, Social Security participants may be called upon to display the nine-digit numbers for tasks as routine as punching a timecard, checking out library books, looking up a test score or eating at the company cafeteria. Faced with growing pressure from constituents concerned about the risks of identity theft, lawmakers are contemplating ways to curtail use of Social Security numbers for purposes other than taxpayer identification. Full Story

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