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Wyoming Residents Required to Provide SSN for Hunting...

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Re: Wyoming Residents Required to Provide SSN for Hunting...

Colorado has been doing the same thing for a few years now. Other states do as well. My only problem with it is that the DOW has a responsibility to safe-guard that information and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. Unfortunately if that information is compromised the government will find some way of alieviating themselves of any responsibility. I'm glad that the SSN does not show up printed on the license nor in the dealers database, but we know that banks and credit reporting agencies can't be trusted with you SSN. Why should any government agency be trusted to safe-guard that information? I suppose the main reason they require it is to prevent deadbeat dads from enjoying recreation after they skip out on their children. Serves them right!

Really though, your SSN was issued to you for one purpose only, and that is the only single purpose that your SSN should be used for. This is just another example of the government implimenting something for one single original purpose, then turning around and using it for a whole bunch of other stuff that it's not supposed to. It's totally understandable when people don't trust the government because the government tends to abuse their power. But, again, deadbeats should not be allowed to engage in recreation while skipping out on their kids.

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It's really pretty easy to safeguard your credit by putting a freeze on your credit file. You can do it yourself without too much expense. If/when someone needs to check your credit, you simply un-freeze your credit file for an alotted period of time; then re-freeze it when they're done. It will keep people from attaining credit in your name but they still can get DL in your name. But they can't open credit in your name which is how 'most' people become a victim. But, I agree they shouldn't be storing anyone's SSN. Just an accident whating to happen.

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A freeze is a better idea and I have that done. I guess my whole point is that it seems that everything you do requires your SSN anymore aside from jobs, taxes, or credit. Everyone requires that number but very few are willing to take extra measures to safeguard it and no company or agency takes any responsibility when your information is compromised. I was once given a document to sign by my doctors receptionist that stated I had recieved and understood the practice's privacy policy and the receptionist got on my case when I didn't sign it. I told her that I would not sign it until she actually gives me a printed copy of the practice's privacy policy and only after I have read it, understand it, and agree with it. I recall that my college had student records/files with SSNs on microfilm for a certain block of years and that paricular box of microfilm went missing or was stolen somehow. It was only brought to the public attention from the news media, then after the college was exposed for it's negligence they send out a letter (to cover their butts) to all students who attended between that particular block of years, informing us of how th university takes added measure to safeguard and protect our privacy. angry Yeah right!! How? After they didn't have the common courtesy to inform us until after someone blew the whistle and leaked the story to the press. I make no apologies when I say that the fact that neglegence on the university's part resulted in those records being lost or stolen already proves to me that the university has no measures or interest in safeguarding it's students privacy. I just think that people need to be more caustious to who they give that number to and demand to know why it is needed, how it will be used, and what measures they have in place to safeguard it.

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