Friday, August 22, 2008

Consumer Reports discusses government compromise of individual identity

The September 2008 issue of Consumer Reports has an article on how government leaks personal information. The story is titled “ID Leaks: A Surprising Source Is Your Government at Work,” link here. You may need an online subscription or hard copy to see all the content.

The worst federal government offender is the Veterans Administration, but the IRS and TSA make the list. Often the problems are lost laptops or disks. Local and state governments, including Ohio and the City of Savannah, have been culpable for publishing social security and other compromising information. 28% of counties displayed social security numbers on the Internet. CR warns “you have no right to be notified if someone is using your SSN under another name.” Astonishing!

What do libertarians say, "government doesn't work".

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