We do not store SSN for our alumni. The liability of keeping that information is no longer worth the risk/liability in the event of a breach (physical/online/etc). Most vendors can effectively use other data points to determine a specific match (research purposes) in building profiles/returning data.
Mark Walcott, Ph.D. (713)743-0223
As my institution is in NY, we no longer store SSNs in our system of record (and they were permanently deleted many years ago).
The "why" is simple – SSNs are considered Personally Identifiable Information under the NYS Information Security Breach and Notification Act.
As for "impact to research" –
Our prospect research team has a fair amount of data and wide range of tools when doing their work. They still achieve remarkable results without the need of an SSN.
Christopher Amherst (he, him, his)
Assistant Director of Advancement Information Systems
Development and Alumni Relations
M 240.412.7929 P 585.475.2959 F 585.475.7004
Rochester Institute of Technology 116 Lomb Memorial Drive, USC 03401/Rochester, NY 14623
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