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#1 Oct 03, 2017 11:56 pm

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End the Use of Social Security Numbers: White House & Equifax Agree

The idea is quite radical and, if implemented, will be a significant change in the way the U.S. society functions. Many, many systems and processes will change. The issue is, would privacy breaches end with a new system?

Here are excerpts from the article:

1. "The administration has called on federal departments and agencies to look into the vulnerabilities of employing the identifier tied to retirement benefits, as well as how to replace the existing system, according to Rob Joyce, special assistant to the president and White House cybersecurity coordinator."

2. “I feel very strongly that the Social Security number has outlived its usefulness,” Joyce said Tuesday at a cyber conference in Washington organized by the Washington Post. “Every time we use the Social Security number, you put it at risk.”'

3. '“It’s a flawed system that we can’t roll back that risk after we know we’ve had a compromise,” he said. “I personally know my Social Security number has been compromised at least four times in my lifetime. That’s just untenable.”'

4. "The failure of the Social Security number is that there’s only one for each person, “once it’s compromised one time, you’re done,” Bob Stasio, a fellow at the Truman National Security Project and former chief of operations at the National Security Agency’s Cyber Operations Center."

Read more at the source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles … -should-go

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