Thursday, May 26, 2005

Kiss your old SSN goodbye (Article)

Tech News on ZDNet reports: "Politicians are starting to realize that permitting data brokers like Acxiom and ChoicePoint to buy and sell your Social Security number like a raffle ticket may not be that wise after all."

Identity theft is a growing problem, and it's exacerbated in the U.S. by the evolution of the social security number - originally intended only for keeping records of government retirement accounts and not for identification - into a defacto national I.D. number. Now there are legislative movements afoot to return the SSN to its original use and prevent it from being used by other government agencies, schools and private companies to identify individuals.
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