TNG Hide SSN Mod

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TNG Hide SSN Mod

Post by Steve »

Displaying personal information on genealogy websites has many opinions when it comes to showing social security numbers. Users can get the numbers on commercial sites but most free sites no longer display this information. For example Family Search has shown them for years but not anymore.

Registered users viewing numbers is one thing but there were numerous bots, from many countries, that were continually scraping data. So I used the ignore data option in the admin section for the SSN custom event. Unfortunately this hides the information from everyone including family members. So I created a mod that hides Social Security Numbers unless a user logs in. When the mod is installed, the default option requires users log in and have View Information for Private Individuals permission to view Social Security Numbers. If the option is set to 1 all users that log in can view Social Security Numbers.

If you have a private site requiring everyone to login, you probably have no use for this mod. If you have a public/private site or you want to use permissions to access the SSN event, you might find the mod useful.

Revision 4 - Removes Social Security Number search option from advanced searches.

The mod was tested on TNG versions 12.1, 12.2 and 12.3.

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Last edited by Steve on Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:54 pm, edited 4 times in total.