In order to most closely comply with federal laws that pertain to online payment processing, StyleSeat is required to collect certain information about our professionals to perform an identity check. This allows us to "weed out" certain individuals who may be on government watch lists, have been involved fraudulent activities in the past, or are ineligible to do business within the United States. This also ensure that the community you surround yourself with is as high-quality as possible!
More specifically, your social security number is collected by our payment's provider in order to comply with federal Customer Identity Protection laws, typically known as "Know your Customer" regulations. These regulations broadly require two things: collecting information, and verifying that the information is accurate.
To be clear, this information is not used to perform credit checks or full background checks, but simply to ensure that our Professionals are who they say they are.
As always, all of your information is safe and secure within our system, as will be any new information entered. We continue to strive to provide the highest level of security and encryption as possible, making for the safest marketplace for professionals as possible.