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My company gave my social security number to a coworker,

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My company gave my social security number to a coworker, without my permission or even telling me, to do a criminal background check. Is that legitimate or even legal?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Andrea, Esq. replied 1 year ago.

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ANSWER - If the employee to whom your company gave your Social Security Number does not have the responsibility of ordering background checks of employees on behalf of the company, then giving your Social Security Number and any other vital personal information about you to that individual was illegal and your employer was totally out of line and violated your rights to privacy. But, if this other employee had the responsibility of ordering background checks on employees or prospective employees, then it was within your employers rights to give your personal information to this individual for the sole purpose of doing a background check. I think it would have been a lot more business-like and professional if your employer had told you in advance that they were going to order a background check on you, but if this was company policy, then even if your employer did not act in a business-like manner, it still would have been within the employer's rights to have a background check ordered by the employee who is generally charged with this responsibility as part of his responsibilities.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you! Your answer was very thorough and complete.
Expert:  Andrea, Esq. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the positive rating, I appreciate it greatly . If you have questions in the future, please feel free to direct them to me by typing my name at the beginning of your question, like this,

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