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Gov’t and Corp. Use of Social Security Numbers and Issues Related to ID Theft

Social Security Numbers: Use Is Widespread and Protections Vary in Private and Public Sectors GAO-04-1099T, September 28, 2004, Highlights-PDF

  • “The use of SSNs by both private and public sector entities is likely to continue, but the more frequently SSNs are used, the more likely they are to be misused given the continued rise in identity crimes. In considering restrictions to SSN use, policy makers will have to balance the protections that could occur from such restrictions with legitimate business needs for the use of SSNs.”
  • See also this related posting today, Hearing on ID Theft Addresses Protection of Social Security Numbers
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