Congressman Reintroduces Social Security Bill

Share this content:
Rep. Ron Paul, R-TX, earlier this month introduced an expanded version of a bill that would impose restrictions on the use of Social Security numbers.

The original bill, the Identity Theft Prevention Act -- H.R. 220 -- was introduced by Paul in the last session but died in committee last year.

Like the original bill, the new version prohibits local, state and federal governments from asking for, obtaining or using a person's Social Security number as a personal identifier.

Paul said Congress had "a moral responsibility" to correct previous actions that "transformed the Social Security number into a national identifier" and made identity theft easy.

The bill would allow only the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service to use Social Security numbers, the former in connection with its benefits programs and the latter for tax purposes.

The new version also would require the SSA to issue new numbers to every American within five years of the bill's passage.

Paul said the provision is needed because "unscrupulous persons easily can obtain a victim's Social Security number and access bank accounts, obtain credit cards and assume a false identify.

"The confidentiality of existing numbers has been destroyed; they are available in far too many government and private databases," he said.

Next Article in Marketing Strategy

Sign up to our newsletters

Company of the Week

Brightcove is the world's leading video platform. The most innovative and respected brands confidently rely on Brightcove to solve their most demanding communication challenges because of the unmatched performance and flexibility of our platform, our global scale and reliability, and our award-winning service. With thousands of customers and an industry-leading suite of cloud video products, Brightcove enables customers to drive compelling business results.

Find out more here »

Career Center

Check out hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on DMN's Career Center.  
Explore careers in digital marketing, sales, eCommerce, marketing communications, IT, data strategies, and much more. And don't forget to update your resume so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.

>>Click Here

Relive the 2017 Marketing Hall of Femme

Click the image above