Friday, April 20, 2007

Hundreds of thousands of social security numbers exposed

As a true conservative, I believe our federal government has only a few responsibilities, one of which is to protect us from people, countries, entities, etc., that may wish to do us irreversible harm. The Department of Agriculture, a part of the US government, doesn't hold this belief, apparently.

One of its sites posted the SSNs of hundreds of thousands of farmers and other folks doing conducting agriculture business.

At an estimated cost of $4 million, the Ag Dept is informing all whose SSNs were disclosed and giving them free credit report monitoring, no doubt for a year, like all the other companies that are supposed to safeguard our private information.

Federal Database Exposes Social Security Numbers - New York Times