Missouri senator seeks Social Security number restriction

Thursday, April 5, 2012 | 8:29 a.m. CDT; updated 9:56 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 5, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri employers would be barred from identifying workers by the last four digits of their Social Security numbers under a bill in the state Senate.

Missouri law already prohibits an employer from using a worker's entire Social Security number for identification purposes.

Republican Sen. Luann Ridgeway, of Smithville, said even using the last four digits could put employees at risk for identity theft if company records were stolen or compromised. That's because those digits are often used as identification for other things, such as a person's financial records.

Ridgeway's measure has been endorsed by the full Senate. It needs a second vote in that chamber before it goes to the House.


Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.