If you listen to the propaganda coming out of the Federal Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies set up to protect us from each other, the Internet is rife with nefarious characters out to steal your personal information, invade your privacy, and otherwise violate you through various dastardly deeds like hacking your computer, rummanging through your trash, etc.
One of the most useful pieces of information these evil doers want to obtain is your Social Security nunber. This humber is the key that opens so many doors to your identity. Just about anything you do of any importance, banking, credit, investing, even driver’s licenses, requires your Social Security number. Once one of the most protected pieces of personal information, now most people freely give our their numbers to almost any supposedly legitimate institution that asks for it.
What do these agencies do with your information? Do they guard it with their lives? You would hope so, but as the artlicle in the New York Times referenced below points out, not even the Federal government does an adequate job of protecting your identity. There is no need for identity thieves to resort to sophisticated forms of computer hacking to get your Social Security number. They make it a matter of public record! How nice!
This is absolutely unconscionable stupidity on the part of the people who are supposed to be at the forefront of protecting us. It”s no wonder we are losing the war on terrorism. It”s no wonder we are losing the war on drugs.
\r\nThe people responsible for this stupidity should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But I seriously doubt that will happen. I suspect these idiots will not even lose their jobs over this. And I suspect this is only the tip of the iceberg. Was tihs an act of stupidity or is there a more insidious motive?
Back when I was doing my marketing newsletter, I subscribed to a very prestigious marketing magazine. Every issue was full of glossy, high priced ads for customer lists from some of the largest and most prestigious corporations in the US, people that we trust to protect our personal information because they issue privacy statements saying that is what they will do. Then they turn around and sell that information to the highest bidder. What do you expect when even the Federal government can be trusted to keep your identity safe.
We live in a society motivated by greed. everything seems to be for sale. So it is no surprise to me that our identities are not safe even with those who should be protecting them. What a country!