[extropy-chat] solution to identity theft

Adrian Tymes wingcat at pacbell.net
Thu Apr 8 04:05:46 UTC 2004

--- Spike <spike66 at comcast.net> wrote:
> To stop the yahoos from stealing and using credit
> card applications, could not the fed simply publish
> *everyone's* social security number?  That would
> at least stop banks from giving out credit based
> on that.  Would it not force them to come up with
> some legitimate means of determining identity?

What about the chaos it'd cause during the transition,
when SSN-based security systems still haven't updated
despite the SSNs having been published?  You could
give a lead time of several years, and it still
wouldn't be long enough for all of 'em to switch.

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