Why Do People Use Social Security Number?

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There are many places that use Social Security numbers as a primary key to identify individuals. If you think about it, almost every place that adds you into a system requires you to submit your Social Security number. I feel indifferent about this topic. Yes, the use of Social Security as a primary key imposes a huge risk to an individual's security but it's so common for it to be asked these days that a Social Security number loses it's "security" purpose. There have been many data breaches that resulted in theft of personal information such as Social Security numbers. Social Security numbers don't feel like something that needs to be private anymore just because every organizations asks you for it and put you in risk of identity theft.
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