Currently approximately 7 percent of U.S. households fall victim to identity theft each year, and those numbers are on the rise. Anyone whose personally identifiable information (PII) has been compromised in a data breach should consider options to protect their credit from being misused. You have the opportunity to protect your personal information.
It is your legal right to keep your Social Security Number private, and use a separate number for any credit related purposes. You can use the existing laws to your advantage for a change. Due to certain rights guaranteed by the (1974 US Privacy Act Title V Click here to see), you have the right to keep your Social Security Number private and not be denied service due to your refusal. The credit bureaus are not government agencies, so you do not have to give them your Social Security Number. A CPN Number (Credit Privacy Number) / SCN Number (Secondary Credit Number) is a unique nine digit identification number that can be used to report financial information to all three credit bureaus. A CPN NUMBER / SCN Number is registered with the Three Credit Reporting Bureaus the process to do so called TRI-Merge (Submitting your personal information & the CPN / SCN to the 3 credit bureaus) and after that you will be able to have payments and financial information reported to. CPNs are commonly used by celebrities,members of congress, individuals involved in witness protection program and those who may have experienced identity theft.