Each year the Social Security administration accidentally puts thousands of people at risk of identity theft by mistakenly releasing their social security numbers, names, and dates of birth.
The leaked information spurs from typing errors from employees, when inputting data into the agency’s Death Master File, which is a database containing the records of 90 million deceased Americans.
Typically, the victims aren’t notified about their information being leaked, and discover it when being denied for a loan, bank account freezing, job interview refusals, etc. For the report, 3 files were reviewed, which revealed over 30,000 Americans wrongly listed on them. Some of them were contacted by the news service, and said that they hadn’t been notified by the Social Security Administration.
I believe that this could become a concern for more people, since the Social Security Administration is a trusted place with people’s information. It is understandable that with all of the data processing and inputting, there would be some errors occurring. I think they should have stricter guidelines with inputting the information, and have a system which would verify that the people inputted into the “deceased records” couldn’t mistakenly be inputted with wrong information.