Forums for all who enjoy sharing information about New Orleans food, drink, history...                       
Forums Index   Food   Nostalgia   Recipes   Soap Box   Pets   Books   Media   Reviews   Gardening   Abbreviations   Food Blog   WAG   TWS

Support the Locals

By using the following links you will support local businesses, authors, & entrepreneurs and help to pay the forum rent -- and it won't cost you a penny more.

The Nostalgic New Orleans Collection Shop

Northshore Tennis

Lake Pontchartrain
Catherine Campanella
Order online at Octavia Books
(Support the Locals)

or Order at

Ruby Slippers
Amy Cyrex Sins
Order online at Octavia Books
(Support the Locals)

or Order at Amazon

Gumbo Tales
Sarah Roahen
Order online at Octavia Books
or Order at Amazon

Books by Poppy Z. Brite
Order online at Octavia Books
or Order at

And the nonlocals:
Just about anything you might want can now be found on Amazon. Begin your search here.

Cheese and More

Various Food Items:
New Orleans Seafood Boil Supplies
Ethel M Confections
Port Chatham Smoked Seafood

Harry and David
Wine Country Gift Baskets

Sewing Products

Today's Deals at Amazon


 Return to Forum Home  

Beware of newspapers trawling for Social Security numbers (SSANs)!

September 7 2007 at 4:43 AM
JCG  (no login)


'The Times-Picayune' is at it again: running a weekly football forecast contest in which, according to the fine print of the rules, to collect monetary prizes, winners must appear in person and provide the "contest manager" with personal data including their SSANs.

I do not know of any legitimate reason for that requirement. Production of one's SSAN cannot be required for identification - for that would violate federal social security and privacy laws. Nor can it be for any fiscal purpose; for the newspaper's rules also state that payment of any taxes on prizes will be the winner's sole responsibility.

Some years ago, the T-P actually printed entry forms for this annual contest with a space for the entrant's SSAN. I was one of a number of people who badgered the newspaper about that appalling practice, which has since been dropped; but the requirement for winners to give out their SSAN still appears in the rules.

I tried to reach intelligent life at the paper by telephone to question the SSAN requirement; but was met with hostile evasion when I asked why the SSAN was required and how the privacy of the SSAN and other personal data collected by the contest manager would be safeguarded.

The spokesweasel whom I reached on the telephone became quite agitated when I enquired about the identity of the "contest manager"; and (perhaps I went too far; but I couldn't resist!) actually slammed down the receiver when asked whether the contest manager responsible for collecting and safeguarding SSANs had a criminal record.

 Respond to this message   

Find more forums on Network54Create your own forum at Network54
 Copyright © 1999-2018 Network54. All rights reserved.   Terms of Use   Privacy Statement  
Soap Box


Advertise on this site   Recover Your Password   Contact Mr. Lake