Ontario Canada, engineering company.
Recently I started work on a new project for a long-term client of the company. I have worked numerous projects for this client in the past.
I get an email from a manager I have never heard of. She wants my mother's maiden name for billing on this new contract. This is new to me. I have never been asked this before. I ask questions.
It seems that there is a new billing system. The client demands we use it. And they demand this information because they want to cross-check my name against my security clearance form.
Um... Click, click... (These are the gears in my brain skipping.) My security clearance form is the only place my mother's maiden name has ever been entered in regard to employment. Mother's maiden name is one of the questions the Canadian government uses to renew lost documents. I know this because it was what they asked me to replace my birth certificate. Which I had to do before I got my security clearance that first time.
So the client's payroll clerks have access to my security clearance form, and they use it to cross check identity.
Am I right to be concerned or is this normal? As I understand it, the people who do security clearances are examined pretty carefully before they get those jobs. The security clearance form has a bunch of info beyond this. Like place of birth, public school, high school, home address at each age, etc. And I would have expected that the information on the application form was protected pretty closely.