On Monday I was in an office downtown and overheard the following conversation.
He said, “There is a place on it for your Social Security number.”
She said, “Well I’m just going to leave that blank. They’re not getting my Social Security number.”
Seeing me standing there, she turned to me and explained, “We’re talking about the census.”
I bit my tongue, but I wanted to respond, “This is the government, right? They already have your Social Security number.”
Anyway, I can now testify that the census form does not ask for your Social Security number. I’m guessing that one of these two people got an email warning that those nasty census folks were going to ask for your Social Security number, and that’s just un-American.
One note of caution, however. It seems that census time brings out all sorts of evil doers who pose as census takers, either by phone or at your door, trying to fraudulently obtain your personal information. So never give out information such as Social Security number, bank account number or credit card information to anyone, either by phone, in person or email. And no census information will be gathered by email.
Do, however, stand up and be counted.