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Database Focus of Hearing

SSN PRIVACY—U.S.

February 3, 2012

A House hearing this week focused on concerns about potential problems with the Social Security Death Master File (DMF), and one Social Security Administration official noted "that there are about 1,000 cases each month in which a living individual is mistakenly included" in the DMF, LifeHealthPro reports. The hearing was convened by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), who is sponsoring the Keeping IDs Safe Act in an effort to keep the database from being made public, the report states. The hearing comes in the wake of concerns raised a few months ago about the potential misuse of deceased individuals' data posted in the DMF. 
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