Press Release
For Immediate Release

August 12, 2015

Rep. Loudenbeck Introduces Bill to Protect Personal Privacy

Madison –Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton), has introduced a bill which prohibits the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) from requiring a Social Security Number to search for jobs at the Job Center of Wisconsin website (JCW).

“Social Security Numbers are universally considered to be the most sensitive piece of personal information according to the PEW Research center[1]. When it comes using JCW to search for jobs, we should not be requiring our citizens to furnish their Social Security Numbers except in cases of Unemployment Insurance tracking purposes,” said Rep. Loudenbeck. 

Large amounts of personal information, including tax information, credit information, school records, and medical records, is keyed to a person’s Social Security Number. Because this data is often sensitive, it should be kept private.

Assembly Bill 303 (AB 303) has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development with a public hearing on the bill expected to be scheduled early this fall. The bill has already generated strong bipartisan support with 29 Senators and Representatives cosponsoring the bill.