U.S. Federal Trade Commission Issues its Report on Identity Theft and Use of Social Security Numbers
- From: janmallen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (jan meisels allen)
- Date: 24 Apr 2007 08:17:30 -0700
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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has just issued its report on Identity Theft which incorporates recommendations that effect the use of Social Security Numbers: to federal agencies, state and local governments' use of Social Security Numbers, addressing private sector use of Social Security Numbers and establishing a clearinghouse for "best" agency practices for using Social Security Numbers among
other recommendations. The 120 page report,including executive summary may be
accessed at: http://www.idtheft.gov/reports/StrategicPlan.pdf. There is also a 90 page supplement which lists the remedies the FTC is proposing addressing a number of acts that effect identity theft. http://www.idtheft.gov/reports/VolumeII.pdf
The IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee (PRAMC) submitted a written statement in January stating while we support the efforts to protect Americans from identity theft we also stated we wanted the Task Force to permit continued access to death certificates and other necessary records which do not negatively impact the desire or need to protect the lives of the living. The cogent part of the IAJGS statement is:
" The genealogical community relies on the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for using social security numbers in order to obtain death certificates and other records, including military records and probate records, of deceased US residents and citizens. These records may include a deceased’s person’s Social Security number. In addition to genealogists, historians, social scientists and medical researchers rely on access to records that may include a deceased’s social security
Genealogy is not only a hobby of millions of people, it assists in tracing family medical problems that are passed on from generation to generation, and these records are required in order to help determine certain genetic traits that ancestors may have also had. A 2005 poll performed by Market Strategies, Inc. and
Generations Network.com (formerly known as MyFamily.com) shows 73 percent of Americans are interested in discovering their family history. As genealogists and family historians, we want to assure continued access to copies of records of deceased individuals that include Social Security numbers.
We respectfully bring to your attention that the use of the Social Security Death Index may be used as a deterrent against identity theft, as a tool to check if someone using a Social Security number is in fact using a deceased’s social security number fraudulently. Using the SSDI as a preventative tool against fraudulent use of a deceased’s Social Security number would negate the need to prohibit access to records with a deceased’s Social Security number. Therefore, the Identity Theft Task Force should permit the continued access to death certificates and other necessary records which does not negatively impact the desire or need to protect the lives of the living."
Jan Meisels Allen, director and
Chairperson, Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
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