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A national dilemma: Replacing the Social Security number as an ID

By now you know that you should closely guard your Social Security number, and not give it to anyone who doesn’t absolutely need it to provide you with services. The problem with that advice is that the Social Security number has become far from secret, since it’s been used for decades as one of the primary means of identifying you for a myriad of services (think banking, healthcare, credit card applications, etc.). Now, with the Equifax data breach thrusting the issue into the spotlight, calls abound for finding a new way to identify consumers, but most of those being promoted have drawbacks as well.  It’s a national dilemma, as this article by Hayley Tsukayama, appearing at The Washington Post, explains.  Click here to read more.

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