Stripe, our credit card payment processor, also helps us disburse funds into your bank account after an order has been marked as completed. Any organization that sends funds to individuals, businesses, etc., is required to collect and verify information about people, known as “Know Your Customer” (or KYC) checks. To perform these checks, Stripe needs to gather certain information so they can verify your identity.
Stripe, requires that a SSN or SIN is inputted as a standard security protocol for Stripe. If for any reason you get locked out of your account, Stripe will ask you for your SSN or SIN to confirm your identity and to ensure that you (and only you) can get back into the account. Only Stripe has access to this information.