Saturday, April 25, 2009

Social Insurance Numbers

Here in Canada, our equivalent of the Social Security Number is called Social Insurance Number. It serves the same purpose and has the same demands for privacy surrounding it.

Once again, I won't be posting the full source code on the blog, only on Snipplr, but I will discuss briefly how it works. It consists of three groups of three digits, and is validated using the Luhn algorithm. I also do a quick regular expression validation to check for numbers which invalidly begin with an eight: ^([1-79]{3})[\-\s]?(\d{3})[\-\s]?(\d{3})$.

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