My employer has offered me to participate in a stock incentive program wherein I will receive a certain amount of stock in their American parent corporation on the (ostensibly) sole condition that I stay employed with them for such-and-such period of time.
It turns out there is a catch: The stock can only be issued through a particular (American) brokerage, which refuses to create me in their system unless I answer a number of invasive personal questions (my marriage status? number of dependents? annual income? net worth? Am I active in politics? Etc. etc. etc.). They've made it clear that I will be thrown out of the stock program unless I answer the questions, and claim that they're asking on behalf of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which (so it is claimed) requires that stock brokers collect this information about everyone they have dealings with.
In other words, what I'm really being offered is a deal where I give out my personal information in exchange for a chance to get some possibly valuable stock later.
If I agree to this, what is the SEC going to do with my personal data? Nobody seems to be able or willing to give me the straight story, but I need to know this before I can make a rational decision whether the stock-for-privacy deal is advantageous for me.
(I am neither a resident nor a citizen of the United States).