Actually the Council has to keep their copy for audit purposes.
Most Councils also use a shredding service for any documents of
Wife of Council President
On Saturday, April 3, 2004, at 08:57 AM, Ken.Walker@...
> Although I think the SSAN/application discussion is a bit off-topic in
> training forum, the owner/moderator hasn't made the same observation.
> here's my belated 0.02 worth.....
> Chuck hit the nail on the head. I'm not worried about the Council
> professionals misuse of my SSAN. I'm worried about what happens to that
> little slip 'o paper AFTER they've completed the background check. My
> is they're filed in the dumpster behind the council offices. You know
> personal information is usually stolen? Yep - dumpster diving thieves.
> There's enough info on a BSA application for a identity thief to have
> a his
> way with your financial life.
> First, there's your address and phone number. That's all he needs to
> by" and grab a few bank and credit card statements from the mailbox.
> he has account numbers and the SSAN, he is armed and very dangerous.
> your financial institution, and what's the typical "secret code" to
> private financial information? I usually get these two questions:
> -"What is your mailing address?" and
> -"What are the last for digits of your SSN?"
> TA DA! Done! He's in. Next step -- he changes the mailing address,
> some checks, has new cards sent, and your life becomes pure misery.
> Don't think it can happen to you? Think again. It happens every day.
> Identity theft is the top consumer fraud gripe in our country.
> If you haven't followed Chuck's link, you should. And, if you don't ask
> yourself - does this person REALLY need my SSAN? you better!
> Note - I agree that we need to screen adult leaders and run complete
> background checks (using the SSAN if necessary). However, I would
> BSA use a separate "Consent to Background Check" form that only has the
> name and SSAN. Let's not make it too easy for a thief to get all the
> information from one sheet of paper!
> Scouter Chuck observed:
> > There was an article in Wired a while back, on the use or overuse
> > of the SSN as an ID number.
> > The article can be referenced here:
> > > 9-Digit 'Social' Overused as ID
> > > http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,57395,00.html
> > Two quotes from that article that bear on this situation are:
> > > Faced with growing pressure from constituents concerned about the
> > > risks of identity theft, lawmakers are contemplating ways to
> > > curtail use of Social Security numbers for purposes other than
> > > taxpayer identification.
> > > "The Social Security number is so abused in today's world that
> > > it's a very, very poor way to identify anyone," Allen said. "They
> > > need to come up with some other way."
> > While I agree that we need to do something about the problem of
> > getting properly "vetted" people in leadership positions, I'm not
> > completely certain that this is the way to go about it.
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