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  •  Disregarding your condesection (2+ / 0-)
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    Willa Rogers, triv33

    Perhaps you should read your link.  It says nothing about the new, outside verified security program and has no date or back-link to which page this statement referred to (which is a bit odd from a web design standpoint - most gov sites are pretty rigorous about documentation and dates).

    Stating that:

    " ... we ask you to provide several different types of information and to answer questions that only you should be able to answer."
    says nothing about where the info comes from (Experian or SS data) and that is my point.

    "Curiouser and curiouser!"

    by TechBob on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:50:24 PM PST

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    •  *ack* (0+ / 0-)

      (opens door)
      "condescension"
      (slams door, walks off ... dammit, blew my exit)

      "Curiouser and curiouser!"

      by TechBob on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:05:44 PM PST

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    •  Oh jeez. (0+ / 0-)

      BUt you need to go down to the what we do with your information tab.
       "We verify your information against our records. Experian verifies your information against its records.
      We will not share your Social Security number with Experian."

      I agree that the website is not nearly as clear as it should be and that is precisely why I was chiming in with my personal knowledge. When I first tried to log on my reaction was WTF, as well. But I also had a chance to ask the people who designed the system what was going on.  So I am trying to help clarify for you. I will also try to get SSA to make their system clearer (something over which I have very little influence, but you never know)

      To clarify:

      The first screen you come to is SSA's and it asks for name SSN, address, phone number email. SSA checks that against their records. Only SSA knows for sure what names are supposed to match with what SSNs and birth dates (also birth places and mother's name--you had to show a birth certificate at some point to get a SSN). They check to make sure this matches their records. (ALmost certainly they did not previously have a telephone number or email from you. Their address data can be unreliable as well especially if you have moved recently and did not tell them.)

      Then SSA passes a name and I think address to Experian and asks them to run their verification screen. Can the user match the data that Experian has. Experian passes a yes or no to SSA. SSA is not capturing or storing the data in the Experian verification screen.

      But the bottom line is that at no time does Experian get access to the data about you that SSA by law has to protect. Hell there are making it difficult to let you see your own data.

      TO get more The SSA website says:

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