Do You Need a Social Security Number?

privacy       2002-10-25 
A number of years ago, in one of the classes I was teaching, someone asked me: Do I need a Social Security Number? It was a good question, but if you'd told me at that time that I'd be writing an article on that subject at a later date; much less that I'd be using answers brought into the light because of someone who was there that day, and decided to see for himself if he did need one, I'd have scoffed.