GAO Identifies Security Gaps in Use of Social Security Numbers and Recommends Remedies

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 30, 2006

Social Security Numbers: More Could be Done to Protect SSNs, Full text GAO-06-586T, and Highlights. March 30, 2006.

  • “There is no one law that comprehensively regulates SSN use and protections…GAO found that there were gaps in the practices for protecting SSNs within government agencies and across industry sectors, such as a lack of uniformity at all levels of government to assure the security of the SSN; gaps in the federal law and oversight in different industries that share SSNs with their contractors; exposure of SSNs in public records and identification cards under the auspices of the government; and few restrictions on certain entities’ abilities to obtain and use SSNs in the course of their business.”
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