|Received:||9/5/2007 6:17:37 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Private Sector Use of SSNs|
Comments:Private investigators claim that they need SSN access in order to find people. While it may make it easier for them, there are many investigators that abuse access to this kind of information. I was stalked by someone who was a PI. This PI was from a state that had no licensing requirements. The person that stalked me also had felony convictions. Why should people like this have access to my personal information, let alone be allowed to practice as a private investigator? If somestates are going to allow convicted felons to be private investigators and there are no uniform licensing requirements, you must prevent all access to peoples' social security numbers to protect the innocent members of society that depend on you to protect them. Right now, social security numbers are big business. People make money selling this information. This information is transmitted over computers, unencrypted, and left lying around on old computers by investigators that haven't a clue about how to properly erase information. Social Security Number access needs to be completely restricted, for so many reasons. There are people compromising other peoples' information without even trying, because they are too ignorant to know how to secure computers and such. Please take the appopriate action to proctect members of society from identity theft.