304.31 Use and collection of social security numbers and other information.§ 304.31 Use and collection of social security numbers and other information.
The agency will ensure that employees authorized to collect information are aware:
(a) That individuals may not be denied any right, benefit, or privilege as a result of refusing to provide their social security numbers, unless the collection is authorized either by a statute or by a regulation issued prior to 1975;
(b) That individuals requested to provide their social security numbers, or any other information collected from them, must be informed, before providing such information, of:
(1) Whether providing social security numbers (or such other information) is mandatory or voluntary;
(2) Any statutory or regulatory authority that authorizes the collection of social security numbers (or such other information);
(3) The principal purpose(s) for which the information is intended to be used;
(4) The routine uses that may be made of the information; and
(5) The effects, in any, on the individual of not providing all or any part of the requested information; and
(c) That, where the information referred to above is requested on a form, the requirements for informing such individuals are set forth on the form used to collect the information, or on a separate form that can be retained by such individuals.