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The Use of Social Security Numbers in California Colleges and Universities
July 1, 2010

The author's stated intention was "to minimize both the collection and storage of [the SSN] at colleges and universities, given the odds of it being released to unauthorized viewers, b…

Identity Finder Case Study
June 21, 2010

The University of Pennsylvania enacted a comprehensive Social Security Number policy in May of 2007. The stated purpose of the policy was to protect social security numbers by eliminating them, c…

Family Educational Rights and Privacy; Final Rule
December 10, 2008

The Education Department wanting to assure colleges about the student information they can release, recently announced new FERPA rules. The Edu…

FTC's SSN Report Recommends Stronger Authentication Practices Among Other Measures
December 24, 2008

The Federal Trade Commission has issued its final report on "Security in Numbers: SSNs and ID Theft" . The report, based upon extensive fact-finding by the FTC that included a work…

Final FERPA Rules Announced by Department of Education
December 9, 2008

The U.S. Department of Education, through its Family Policy Compliance Office , has issued its Final Rules on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The rules cover a variety …

Information Security Policy and Standards: Secure Handling of Social Security Numbers
December 1, 2013

Social Security Numbers may not be captured, retained, communicated, transmitted, displayed or printed in whole or in part, except where required or permitted by law, and in accordance with the s…

UVM to get new ID numbers
January 1, 2006

Due to a new state law the University of Vermont will be begin using new ID numbers that are not SSNs. Due to a new state law the University of Vermont…

The President's Identity Theft Task Force
January 1, 2006

On May 10, President Bush signed an Executive Order creating the nation's first ever Identity Theft Task Force. The goals of the Task Force are to develop a strategic plan to better prevent …

Hackers Steal ID Info From Virginia University
January 1, 2005

George Mason University has become the latest institution of higher education to be the victim of hackers' accessing personal information of faculty and students. University officials said tha…

Governments Could Do More to Reduce Display in Public Records and on Identity Cards
January 1, 2004

This recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office is concerned about the over-use of Social Security Numbers (SSNs) and the potential for their misuse as part of the growing problem o…