--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "sparaig" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "authfriend" <jstein@> wrote:
> > I don't think there was ever a law against using it
> > for other things, unless it was changed before I
> > started filling out forms on my own (40-plus years
> > ago)--applications for jobs, bank accounts, credit
> > cards, apartment leases, physicians' forms, you name
> > it.  I believe I recall being asked to put it on
> > checks when I used them to pay for things in stores.
> > 
> > Or perhaps the law was just widely ignored.
> The latter, I think. I recall a huge outcry against using
> teh SSN as the student ID at the U of AZ back in the early
> 70's. There was a legal component where it was argued that
> it was illegal to do so in the first place.

Possibly it was a state law?  The AARP article I cited
discusses policy options and legislation to restrict
the use of SS#s in some detail, but it says nothing about
there ever having been a federal law to that effect.  In
that context, it would have been a very strange omission.

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