Family Search Scam" - Oh, Really Now?
By Leland Meitzler | 11/15/2005 9:51 pm
Our access to the online versions of the Social
Security Death Index may be in danger if we donít speak up and let our
voices be heard.
I copied the following paragraph directly
from the KSTU Fox 13 website today. I donít know whether our Attorney
General, Mark Shurtleff, here in Utah is just uninformed - or if our local
Fox affiliate is just trying to make a story where one does not exist.
This "story" ran a number of times today on KSTU here in the Salt Lake
Family Search Scam
Are family ancestory websites helping
identity thieves? Utahís Attorney General thinks so. There are millions
of family search sites on-line and included with many individual names
are also social security numbers. The state attorney generalís office
says sites like these are feeding ID thieves. In Utah, where identity
theft is a booming business, sites like these are not helping. The
attorney generalís office says it will continue to try and get family
search sites to avoid giving full social security numbers.
What the heck is the issue? I really donít
know that anyone is putting up social security numbers of live folks at
all. Sure - the social security death index is online, hosted by
Familysearch, Rootsweb, Ancestry and even the Washington State Secretary
of State. However, the last I knew that was public-domain data sold by the
federal government itself.
Folks - I am coming to believe that we can
very quickly lose access to many of the records that we now take for
granted. And this is all happening in the name of national security as
well as the reduction of identity theft.
The sad part about all this is that there is
little or no evidence that the terrorists and identity thieves are using
our open records against us. Come on - show me the evidence. Show me the
evidence that taking more rights away from us is going to actually make us
more secure. And if it really does - is it worth it?