This is a major privacy concern. Every communication SSA sends to myself or my children has Social Security Number and even birthdates. At least mask partially mask the SSN. We are worried if the wrong person gets a hold of our mail they will have everything they need to steal our Identity.
As a representative payee, I wish I could send or receive a secure email instead of communicating through snail mail. As it stands now I have to send income statements, reviews, etc... through snail mail. Not only is this a major waste of paper, But I have major privacy concerns as with the information in these mailings is all a single person would need to commit ID theft.
Quote from "Your Social Security Number and Card" October 2013, "You should treat your Social Security number as confidential information and avoid giving it out unnecessarily. You should keep your Social Security card in a safe place with your other important papers. Do not carry it with you unless you need to show it to an employer or service provider." If this is what you believe, then stop putting SSNs on medicare ...more »
The social security number has become the de-facto universal identifier which it was not originally meant to be. This has caused all kinds of privacy and security problems as SSNs are used for all kinds of unintended purposes. Perhaps its too late to "close the barn door", but by exposing aggregated, anonymized Identify Theft data, if anything, the practice can be discouraged and perhaps, it can be a resource used ...more »