Frauds & Scams

National Data Privacy Day

January 28, 2019 • By

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Last Updated: November 3, 2023

"  "Far too often, the news alerts consumers about potential data breaches and concerns over the privacy of their personal data. In 2018, several major breaches affected millions. Questions and concerns about data and privacy are on the rise.

To highlight the importance of data privacy, Congress decreed January 28 as National Data Privacy Day. This day is an annual observance dedicated to increasing awareness about data privacy, the importance of individual privacy rights, and the need to protect personally identifiable information (PII) from improper use and disclosure.

Social Security collects and maintains some of the public’s most sensitive PII. We respect the privacy of individuals, safeguard their PII, and maintain the public’s trust in performing these responsibilities – not just on National Data Privacy Day, but every day.

Whether through new online services on the secure my Social Security portal that allow you to review your benefits online, or ensuring information contained in existing paper files are protected, we are constantly reviewing and improving our procedures and policies to ensure protecting PII remains a top priority for our agency.

To learn more about Social Security’s privacy program, please visit our Office of Privacy and Disclosure’s webpage. You can also review some practical tips for being privacy smart on the National Data Privacy Day website.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Doris J.

    I just want to hear when we might be getting a decent increase in payments. I was never wealthy but I really hate having to live in poverty at my age. I lost my retirement investments in 2008 and it has been a struggle. When will Congress remember our generation”s contribution to our country and start repaying back the money they stole from our accounts. Disgraceful.

  2. Adhitya N.

    Protect data privacy, individual privacy rights, and personally identifiable information from improper use and disclosure. Adhitya Nugraha Novianta

  3. Zafar I.


    • V.V.

      Hi there. Thank you for using our blog. You can request a replacement 2018 SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S after February 1 using your my Social Security account. If you do not already have an account, you can create one. Once you are logged in to your account, select the “Replacement Documents” tab.

      If you are unable to create a my Social Security account or do not want to request the 1099 online, you may call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or you can contact your local Social Security office.

  4. Luther c.

    Thanks for trying to protect the public.

  5. Alice

    Thank you for all you do.
    Alice Mammini

  6. Timothy R.

    I was called on my cell and actually left a message to return the call that they where shutting my SS# down because of suspicious reasons ..The message said they were from social security.on Jan.23rd.

  7. John

    I guess having a National Privacy day is nice. It is also meaningless. Even the President is constantly pressured to have the IRS release his data.

  8. Robert C.

    Thanks for your emails to keep us up to date — and what
    you are doing for us.

  9. Mary F.

    They need to protect our investments specialy our social security there are to many frauds that steel money from the retired people

  10. jasmine m.

    know jasmine

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