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What are considerations for storing a United States Employer Identification Number (EIN / FEIN) in a database?
Is this considered sensitive information along the lines of an SSN?
Are there legal concerns as well?

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In case anyone else needs to look it up: EIN is employer identification number which the IRS uses to identify businesses for tax purposes.,,id=98350,00.html – dr jimbob May 8 '12 at 14:08
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  • The EIN is publicly available information, so it is not generally as sensitive as a SSN.
  • Nevertheless, you may need to secure it for other reasons depending on your circumstances. e.g. could a competitor use it to figure out your customer list?
  • As ever, get your legal advice from a lawyer licensed in the relevant jurisdiction, not from some schmuck like me on the Internet.
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