|Received:||8/7/2007 9:37:52 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Private Sector Use of SSNs|
Comments:Thank you for creating this web page. We work very hard to protect our identities and the use of personal numbers, such as a social security number, should be reserved for a limited number of circumstances. I attended Davidson College from 1988-1992. I never made a donation, but I did apply for financial aid. My file was marked Confidential (which meant something in the late 80s) due to a problematic situation with one of my parents. This meant no access without my written permission, by anyone. In May 2004, I received a packet from a 3rd party vendor bearing my social security number and requesting updated information. I immediately contacted Davidson College and was put in touch with Matt Merrell who is in charge of all alumni issues. Mr. Merrell confirmed that Davidson Collge had used my social security number, after all of these years and without any express permission from me, to track me down to increase their alumni giving rates. I was outraged. He was ugly and responded that no one else had complained and he would not make any changes to his plan. I sent a letter directing the College to destroy my personal information. I never received a response. Obviously when social security numbers are turned over to non-screened 3rd parties who then collect birthdates, current addresses, names of children, married names etc this poses a completely unnecessary risk to the person submitting the information. While the 3rd party vendor does not have my updated information, it does have my social security number, name, birthdate, prior addresses and the like -- all without permission so Davidson College could request a donation from me when I had never donated before. This practice should be forbidden. I appreciate your help.