Background check company (BackTrack) emailed SSN of my ex team member?

Pacific Northwest National Lab ssn
Oct 17, 2018 16 Comments

Wow just wow... I'm naming this company because it's a huge breach in privacy and I hope other background check companies don't do this.

I got a call to verify background of one of my ex team members. Was busy so I asked them to email over to my work email and would take care of it.

Email came and included the last 4 digits of his SSN. Seriously wtf? Why was that included in the email?

I'm appalled and yes while it's not me who is being background checked, this is simply unacceptable. I also hope other background check companies are not doing this sort of nonsense. HR people if you're reading this, please don't contract with this type of companies. Thanks.

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  • Google PgM1
    Thats last 4 digit of the SSN, not the full SSN, please correct ur title.
    Oct 17, 2018 4
    • Pacific Northwest National Lab ssn
      OP
      Last 4 is bad enough. Lots of verification questions just ask for last 4.
      Oct 17, 2018
    • Google PgM1
      Yes, but full is much worse. U r misleading fellow blind lurkers =)
      Oct 17, 2018
    • Intel UGeJ58
      I'm a lurker, and I'm upset.
      Oct 17, 2018
    • Microsoft IcM.Alert
      How much time did you save by saying “ur” instead of “your”?
      Oct 18, 2018
  • Last 4 mean nothing. Stop overreacting.
    Oct 17, 2018 2
    • Pacific Northwest National Lab ssn
      OP
      I would be super upset if people emailed my last 4 like it's nothing
      Oct 17, 2018
    • Microsoft tempy
      guess what the IRS requires to allow access to tax record?
      Oct 17, 2018
  • Undisclosed EatLovePry
    Horrifying. Truly terrifyingly horrific. Worse than Hitler.
    Oct 17, 2018 0
  • Patreon BLQ4KN
    You are in HR. You have access to the SSN anyway, do you not?

    It’s only the last four characters, which is most likely included as a way for you to verify that they researched the right individual by checking if it’s a match to the SSN you have on file.

    This is a very dramatic way to look at it. Did you email the company and get an explanation from them? What did they say?
    Oct 17, 2018 1
    • Pacific Northwest National Lab ssn
      OP
      I'm not HR. I'm team lead, reference for a colleague
      Oct 17, 2018
  • Oracle champa
    You not reply background check if not HR or reference for friend
    Oct 17, 2018 1
    • Pacific Northwest National Lab ssn
      OP
      Reference for colleague
      Oct 17, 2018
  • Uber kBfU5h
    Don't worry. SSNs of everyone are leaked one way or another.
    Oct 17, 2018 0
  • Microsoft JDwb49
    I'll start leaking the SSNs of the Blind users.

    XXX-XX-5348

    Gimme all your monies or I post another one.
    Oct 17, 2018 1
    • New EVlp62
      XXX-XX-3408 is mine
      Oct 17, 2018

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