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  •  Your argument is that this is great, and we (2+ / 0-)
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    triv33, poligirl

    shouldn't worry about it, because trust the people managing the SSA, that's why.

    This is about opinions.  

    If your job is to browbeat citizens and spit talking points when they disapprove of their government enriching corporations, all I can say is that I prefer being unemployed and wondering how the hell I'm going to pay the power bill.

    Sometimes, calling it your job just can't ever make it right.

    "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 02:34:58 PM PST

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    •  No it is not. (0+ / 0-)

      My argument is that SSA is not giving any protected information to Experian. Experian has no access to your Social Security records. Yes they get your name, and probably address, but SSA does not protect that, and of course Experian already knows it.

      My argument is that SSA thinks they need Experian's identity verification service to properly authenticate people in real-time, online. (note: they do not think they need anyone's help to authenticate you in person). I find that as surprising as many people, considering they used to just put this stuff in the mail. I find it amazing that it has taken them years to catch up to banks for example. But that was their decision.

      So those two things are facts. Not opinions. And those are important facts to get out there when some one is publicly insinuating the opposite is true.

      If anything SSA is being too cautious with our data and making it hard for the average citizen to do their business. That's my opinion.

      If your problem is merely that SSA contracts with for profit entities then the deal with Experian is small potatoes. (This is a contract in the tens of millons not hundreds). But SSA also enriches Verizon, Microsoft, Staples, Dell as well as ADP and Lockheed Martin (who provide SSA with huge amounts of programmers). Are you outraged that SSA employees need to use phones?

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