The US Senate considers “ditching” SSN
In light of the recent hack on Equifax in which over 145 million social security numbers were made available for the purposes of cyber crime and identity theft, there is an effort underway to think of a better way to protect individual identity.
The SSN has been the bedrock of individual digital identity. Once that number is compromised, the individual identity can be falsified. Falsified forever. Credit cards? Replaceable. SSN? Not so much. Is there a way around such dire loss of privacy that a person’s identity is in essence stolen, forever compromised?
Former Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, Verizon chief privacy officer Karen Zacharia and both the current and former CEOs of Equifax unanimously agreed that the best way to protect consumers against major data breaches is to remove the one weak link: SSN. Read more →