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Saturday, December 30, 2006
By Steven L. Taylor

And people scoff when I express concern about the government collecting private data, because they are soooo trustworthy.

Granted, Wisconsin has every right to have the SSNs, but this story illustrates what should be clear, but is often ignored in the name of “security”: the government is run by people just like the ones you and I work with. That means some are bright and competent, but many aren’t so bright and competent. Hence, my lack of trust in the willy-nilly creation of massive databases filled with info on perfectly innocent citizens.

Via the AP: Tax forms mailed with Soc. Sec. numbers

Wisconsin’s revenue agency said Friday that it sent as many as 170,000 forms to taxpayers with mailing labels mistakenly printed with their Social Security numbers.

Lovely.

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2 Responses to “Government and Private Data”

  1. Jan Says:

    I have a friend whose husband had something mailed to him with his social printed on the outside of the envelope. She FREAKED OUT when it showed up in the mail that way. I don’t remember who sent it, but I think it was some govenment agency. They joined one of those credit monitoring systems immediately thereafter.

  2. Bill Says:

    Courious to know if it was the VA…Been a bad year cyber-security with that agency!


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