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RE: Social Security Numbers and User Authentication

Then how come my SS card says "For Social Security and Tax
Purposes--Not for Identification"

Angela Giral, Director
Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
Columbia University

> Forwarded message:
> From: Jim Horning <>
> To: owner-liblicense-l <>
> Subject: RE: Social Security Numbers and User Authentication
> Date: Mon, 03 Nov 97 19:42:00 P
> Finally a question on this list to which I know the answer!  :-)
> Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, such use of Social Security   
> numbers is not illegal; it is merely unwise.  The widespread use of SSNs   
> for other than the original purpose has greatly contributed to loss of   
> privacy and to identity theft and similar frauds.
> This is a topic that crops up on both the Privacy Forum Digest, moderated   
> by Lauren Weinstein (, archived at   
>, and RISKS Digest, moderated by Peter   
> Neumann (, archived at   
> and
> I highly recommend both sources of information.
> Jim Horning
> Director, Strategic Technologies and Architectural Research Laboratory
> InterTrust Technologies Corporation
> 460 Oakmead Parkway
> Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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