Thursday, August 19, 2010

More Than 20 Million Americans Have More Than One SSN On Record, Study Says Data entry errors, falsifications suggest that SSNs might not be effective as unique identifiers

"If you're a company -- or a hacker -- who is seeking to associate a Social Security Number with a single individual, then you might have a harder task than you expected.

According to a study published earlier this week by ID Analytics, more than 20 million Americans have multiple Social Security numbers (SSNs) associated with their names in commercial records.

The study also found that rather than serving as a unique identifier, more than 40 million SSNs are associated with multiple people.

ID Analytics examined more than 280 million SSNs to determine discrepancies."

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