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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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    Most places give you the right to switch out your last four for a pin of your own choosing

    About the only places that use those are credit monitoring institutions and and banks. It seems to me that about the only way they could be more vulnerable is if they printed them on a billboard by the highway.
     
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