Opening Pandora’s box : the social security number from 1937-2018

dc.contributor.advisorBarber, Suzanne
dc.creatorMeiser, Kenneth Donaldson
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-4096-9700
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-08T15:00:29Z
dc.date.available2018-08-08T15:00:29Z
dc.date.created2018-05
dc.date.issued2018-06-19
dc.date.submittedMay 2018
dc.date.updated2018-08-08T15:00:29Z
dc.description.abstractSocial Security Numbers (SSNs) are an integral part of modern-day American life. The use of the SSN has expanded far beyond the original intent. This expansion has led to significant unintended consequences. This paper examines critical aspects of the Social Security Number: history and construction, expansion of use cases and the unintended consequences thereof, a review of federal studies and reports that outline the ongoing risk and describe efforts to reduce use of SSNs in federal programs. Additionally, the paper will compare the Social Security Number as a de-facto national identifier to other national identifying schemas and discuss why these other systems do not seem to pose the same risk to personal identity as the Social Security Number. Finally, the paper discusses a set of guiding principles for future use of the SSN, or if the SSN is replaced; operating principles for whatever future central identity system replaces it, in order to reduce the risk of fraud and misappropriation of identities that impact citizens, enterprises and the government.
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2N29PQ93
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/66022
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectSocial Security Number
dc.subjectSSN history
dc.subjectSSN procedures
dc.subjectSSN randomization
dc.subjectSSN use
dc.subjectSSM abuse
dc.titleOpening Pandora’s box : the social security number from 1937-2018
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentInformation
thesis.degree.disciplineIdentity Management and Security
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Identity Management and Security
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