Continued Warnings About Use of Social Security Numbers and Rise of ID Theft

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on June 15, 2006

Follow-up to recent postings VA ID theft and the continuous reports on government and corporate enterprise data breaches, see this Gartner press release: Gartner Says Rash of Personal Data Thefts Shows Social Security Numbers Can No Longer Be Sole Proof of Identity for Enterprises.

  • According to Gartner VP Avivah Litan, “Companies should not rely on Social Security numbers alone as proof of individual identity…As many as one-in-seven adult Social Security numbers in the U.S. may already have been compromised.”
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  • Alternatives include smart cards
  • Stolen Laptops and Data Theft: Why the Privacy Act Lawsuit against the Veteran’s Administration May Succeed, and Why We Need Similar Remedies in the Private Sector, by Anita Ramasastry
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