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Social Security Numbers put at risk by deregulation?

Discussion in 'Alley of Lingering Sighs' started by pplr, Mar 15, 2017.

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    I'd heard recently that some deregulation efforts could weaken security for Social Security Numbers. That stuck me because Wayword Son had recently mentioned that it was a bad idea to spread around social security numbers in a different thread, I looked around online and came across this article.:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/us/politics/trump-deregulation-guns-wall-st-climate.html

    I followed one of the links on it to this online document and think they were talking about FCC regulations around pages 9-12 with SSNs likely being part of the data telecommunications companies wouldn't have to follow as many rules about keeping private-this is based on my understanding and educated guessing of the legalese in the document. Page 10 part 3 under Background is where I focused.

    As Wayword Son said, sites that use your SSN, are fortunately few and far. But I find it ironic that when we are having more concerns about sites and user info getting hacked that rules about protecting private info are decreasing.
     
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    Personally, I believe the government should force all organizations to stop using social security numbers except for tax purposes. It infuriates (probably too strong of a word) me when I call my cable company and they want the last four digits of my SS# to confirm it is me. They have no need for my number as I am their customer, not a vendor or an employee.
     

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