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The Privacy Act of 1974 requires that each federal agency that asks for information, including your Social Security Number (SSN), must tell the applicant the following:

  1. The agencies’ legal right to ask for the information and whether you are required to give your SSN.
  2. What purpose the agency has in asking for the SSN.
  3. How the SSN will be used.
  4. What could happen if you do not give the SSN.

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