Privacy Act Statement
As part of the Privacy Act of 1974, agencies are required to provide a Privacy Act Statement to all individuals asked to provide their social security number. The Privacy Act Statement must include the following information:
- Authority: The legal authority for collecting the information and whether disclosure of such information is mandatory or voluntary;
- Purpose: The purpose(s) for which the information will be used; and
- Effect(s) of not providing the information, if any.
A statement that summarizes this information must be included on any forms requesting a social security number.