Hospital sold social security number to debt collector

Asked 10 months ago - Balsam Lake, WI

I recently got a call from a debt collector and they knew my social security number, I have never told them what it was so the hospital sold private information to this debt collector what are my rights on this subject. I feel my rights were violated under privacy laws and would like to know if I am right

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  1. David J. McCormick

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . If your SSN was part of the billing information that the hospital had then this information would be transmitted to the collection agency. The hospital did not “sell” your SSN, it is part of the file that is transmitted to the debt collector.

    Good luck.

    DISCLAIMER: David J. McCormick is licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin and this answer is being... more
  2. Jeffrey Marc Levine

    Contributor Level 7


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . I am aware of no law that would prohibit a hospital from providing a social security number to a collection agency when it is incident to trying to collect an unpaid debt.

  3. Brett A. Borah

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . There's not much privacy if you don't pay your bill.

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