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  •  Another Idea (9+ / 0-)

    The three credit bureaus is under constant litigation for violating the Fair Credit act, for not maintaining adequate security, privacy, etc. So, I dunno -- I can't imagine that the government is choosing Experian because they are especially reliable.

    My guess is that, because of the vast amounts of data that Experian attempts to collect on each of us -- and not always successfully or accurately -- it simply has a much larger pile of potential "security questions" that it can ask users to repsond to than the government would be able to costruct, given the legal limits on the ability of government to collect data on us.

    My preference here is:

    I would like to be able to go directly to SSA.gov and log in to view my benefits information securely and privately without a private company acting as the intermediary.

    Maybe the SSA felt that they could not provide this service without somehow circumventing the limits that we have put on it for collecting our personal data.

    Tricky subject.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:43:06 AM PST

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    •  Typos (2+ / 0-)
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      wader, poligirl

      Bureaus is = bureaus are, etc.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:43:52 AM PST

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    •  This exactly correct (1+ / 0-)
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      Frankly SSA does not have very valuable information about you (at least not compared to what google, and facebook, and Amazon, and VISA, and Experian have). They have your earnings record, that is about it.

      But, for example,is the kind of problem that keeps them up at night:

      A divorced, or soon to be divorced spouse who knows all the information SSA could ask you about gets online and accesses your current earnings data for the purposes of some legal proceedings.

      An abusive spouse access the records of an abused spouse (who has fled to a location that the abuser does not know) for the purpose of acquiring a current address.

      They are very, very cautious about security, because if they screw up they don't get to just apologize. Congress comes down on them like a ton of bricks.

      •  i take issue with this part... (4+ / 0-)
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        They are very, very cautious about security, because if they screw up they don't get to just apologize. Congress comes down on them like a ton of bricks.
        I haven't seen Congress come down on anyone like a ton of bricks save for a tongue lashing. at this point, i'm hesitant to even define Congressional Oversight as oversight. What's Congress gonna do when if they screw up - give them a talking to and send them to bed without dinner? a million dollar fine? are those things really punishment to big business?

        There’s a word for the people who keep complaining that the “ideologues” are getting in their way: Lobbyists. ~ RJ Eskow

        by poligirl on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:48:26 AM PST

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      •  Nothing Experian is doing would stop this (2+ / 0-)
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        nchristine, DRo
        A divorced, or soon to be divorced spouse who knows all the information SSA could ask you about gets online and accesses your current earnings data for the purposes of some legal proceedings.

        An abusive spouse access the records of an abused spouse (who has fled to a location that the abuser does not know) for the purpose of acquiring a current address.

        "I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy." Michel de Montaigne

        by JesseCW on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:50:56 AM PST

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