Protecting Your Identity is Important to UsReading Time: 1 Minute
Last Updated: April 7, 2023
Social Security is committed to protecting your identity and information. We often say that our online services are convenient, cost-effective, and secure to use.
We know that in certain instances, like for victims of domestic violence, completely blocking access to your information may be necessary. If you are a victim of domestic violence or identity theft, Social Security may be able to block access to the electronic record we keep on you.
You can block any automated telephone and electronic access to your Social Security record. No one, including you, will be able to see or change your personal information on the internet or through our automated telephone service. If you block access to your record and then change your mind in the future, you can contact Social Security and ask us to unblock it.
It is an unfortunate reality for many Americans that guarding against the release of your personal information sometimes becomes a necessity. If this is the case for you, or someone you know, Social Security can help.
In most cases your Social Security number is with you for your lifetime, but when evidence shows you are being harassed, abused, or your life is endangered, we can assign you a new one.
For more information, please read our publication, New Numbers for Domestic Violence Victims. You can also visit our blog article, Protecting Your Social Security Number from Identity Theft, for ways to help us safeguard your information.
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