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SSA Accidentally Releases SSNs of 14,000 Per Year

SSN PRIVACY—U.S.

October 14, 2011

The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates that it includes the personal information of about 14,000 living citizens in its Death Master File, in which it records the information of about 90 million deceased Americans each year, reports The Seattle Times. The report notes that while 46 states have breach laws requiring organizations to disclose such a breach, the SSA--exempt from state laws--does not notify the affected citizens of the exposure of their information. "This is a clear failure to follow the rules meant to warn consumers when their most private information has been exposed," said one consumer advocate. An SSA representative said the organization takes "prompt action" to correct mistakes in the file.
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