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    A client has requested a form that, among other sensitive fields, includes a social security number. Obviously, security is important. Unfortunately, they want the results of the submission e-mailed to them,

    Is it legal to transmit the SSN in plain text, or unencrypted in any way?

    For the sake of this thread, ignore the actual security problems in doing this. It's obvious it's a bad idea to transmit it in plain text or even save it to a database (which should be private) in plain text. I'm interested in the legality of it.
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    That's a nasty one, because I don't think email can ever be secure.
    As far as the website and database, that can be encrypted and secure
    (HTTPS/SSL or whatever it's called).

    So, the discussion here would only be for the email.

    You could do this for emails ...

    Credit Card:
    For the account ending in:
    XXXX - XXXX - XXXX - 4563


    SSN:
    For this account, ending in:
    XXX - XX - 4475


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    But aside from protecting the data, what's the legality in saving or transmitting it?
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    Why would SSN be any different than a credit card number or anything else?

    Banks do it.
    Insurance companies do it.

    I would really try to figure out if there was a reason to NOT use a SSN.
    Try to eliminate the need to transmit it in the first place.

    Here's some information that like everything else online, who's to say it's legit?
    http://famguardian.org/Subjects/Taxe...htsAndSSNs.htm



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