Social security and tax number, nicknamed My Number, has launched in Japan! Originally, it was planned only as a tax number system, but expansion to social security was also adopted after a public outcry of over thirty years. The release of My Number has been delayed due to many Japanese citizen’s concerns with the tax system and government control. The unfairness of collecting taxes has been controversial for decades, and now people feel a mix of expectations and anxiety. 90% of the Japanese government income comes from taxes with 60% coming from industry employed workers and the other 30% from self-employed workers. With My Number's launch, industry employed workers are expecting tax collection to be fairer, but some are still suspicious that the government will abuse the system to gain more control. Amid all the excitement in Japan, the global population understands that tax information is sensitive and must be kept confidential. If this information falls into the wrong hands, identity theft and monetary fraud is almost certain. But there are ways to protect you and your family from divulging sensitive information like My Number.