Here is my question for anyone out there with knowledge about privacy laws. In my facility our SS# is used all the time. We use it for entering into the Diebold machine, entering into the glucometer machine, getting into the computer system. In my position I must ask each staff member their number to sign them up for continuing ed classses, and orientation set-up. I don't feel comfortable with this information--I usually have them write it down and then when I am done with letting the various departments have the SS#, along with employee's name, address, and position--I give the paper back to them and encourage them to rip it up.
It is so easy to assume someone else's identity today and steal their credit etc.
Is this a common practice where you work? Does anyone have any info I can take back to the education council to change this practice??? It seems to me using the employee number should suffice.