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SSN PRIVACY

November 12, 2010

Social Security numbers (SSNs) are used more than they should be and need to be better protected. That's according to Kirk Nahra, CIPP, who says most cases of identity theft can be traced back to an employee, family member or friend, BankInfoSecurity reports. Companies shouldn't store SSNs in order to avoid the risk of insider threats, and individuals shouldn't carry their Social Security card to protect it from those who may be willing to take advantage. Though laws and society, in general, are getting better at protecting SSNs, more needs to be done, he says. "There aren't many situations when you absolutely have to rely on a Social Security number."
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