I just moved from one apartment to another (in the same building) so, I had to have my utilities moved also. The utility companies each had their turn at trying to violate my rights. They make no excuses for it at all. I call the gas company...they asked for my social secutiy number. I call the electric company...they ask for my social security number. I call the phone company...they ask for my social security number...and thats on top of the poor service and overpricing. I call my ISP...guess what...they ask for my social security number. I went to Radio Shack to buy a phone card (because of the bad service of the phone company) and they asked for my social security number. I went to the bank...they asked for my social security number. Everybody asks for your social security number. Not one of them has ever told me that, that information can only be volunteered (that is the law, remember?) They all seem stupified when I tell them I will not give out my social security number. They tell me that it is required information (which is a lie, and unlawful) Social security is now and always has been a voluntary system (same as the income tax). There is no law saying that I have to give this information out, just as there is no law saying I have to file a tax return. To ask for my social security number, violates the fourth amendment, and to deny me service because I will not give this information out is unlawful and I could not only hold the utility company liable for this practice...I can also hold the individual accountable for violation of my rights. I am tired of telling these companies and people that work for them of my rights as an American and to have them smirk at me like I am some kind of wacko. I know I am not the only one in this country having my rights violated everday...so I would like to hear from others on this subject. How many times have you had your rights violated today?