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A "Social Insurance Number" is a canadian unique nine-digit number issued by the Government of Canada to residents and certain temporary residents. The SIN is primarily used for identification purposes for various government programs, such as employment, taxation, and access to government benefits.
The Social Insurance Number is similar to a Social Security Number (SSN) in the United States or a National Insurance Number (NIN) in the United Kingdom. It is an important piece of personal information that individuals are expected to protect and use for authorized purposes only.
Social Insurance Numbers can be generated and validated through a simple check digit process called the Luhn algorithm.
The Luhn algorithm, also known as the mod-10 algorithm, is a simple checksum formula used to validate a variety of identification numbers, such as credit card numbers, IMEI numbers, and Canadian Social Insurance Numbers (SINs). The algorithm determines if a given number is potentially valid based on its mathematical structure.
The Luhn algorithm helps detect common typing errors or accidental alterations in identification numbers. It is a basic check and does not guarantee the correctness or legitimacy of a number but can quickly identify some common mistakes.
This tool was developed for programmers and testers who have the constant need to enter different SIN numbers in developing forms.