Effective Date: October, 2013
Columbia University is committed to protecting Social Security Numbers (SSNs) of faculty, staff, students and other individuals associated with the University from unauthorized or unnecessary disclosure. Because the distinctiveness of the SSN as an individual identifier makes SSNs particularly vulnerable to exploitation, federal and state law and regulations require special protections for non-disclosure of SSNs in addition to those afforded Sensitive Data under the Information Security Policies (as such terms are defined in the Columbia University Information Security Charter (the “Charter [http://policylibrary.columbia.edu/information-security-charter]. The purposes of this Policy are to provide consistent and clear guidelines for the acquisition and use of SSNs and eliminate unnecessary storage and use of SSNs in University Information Resources (as defined in the Charter).
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