In 2014 the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BLS) reported an estimated 17.6 million people were victims of at least one type of identity theft. Most people would attribute this to a rise in cybercrime, which has grown at exponential rates since 2000. Yet all of the Internet hype has taken our attention off an important issue that threatens American security: federal departments and agencies are printing our Social Security account numbers on the mail sent to our households!
Rep. David Valadao passed legislation in the House on September 26th, proposing to restrict the inclusion of social security account numbers on documents sent by the Federal Government (H.R. 3779). It was put in place after a constituent informed Rep. Valadao that, upon receiving a letter from the SSA, she noticed her Social Security number was in plain sight.
After further investigation, Valado informed the Washington Examiner, “we found that the Social Security Administration was also printing full Social Security numbers visible on the outside of postcards."
This type of disregard for personal information cannot be tolerated any longer. Take a stand against identity theft, and support the implementation of H.R. 3779!