The SSN Problem
Via ArsTechnica: White House wants to end Social Security numbers as a national ID
Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity czar, said on Tuesday that the government should end using the Social Security number as a national identification method.
“The concept of a Social Security number in this environment being private and secure—I think it’s time as a country to think beyond that,” Smith testified. “What is a better way to identify consumers in our country in a very secure way? I think that way is something different than an SSN, a date of birth, and a name.”
Joyce said the government is examining the use of a “modern cryptographic identifier,” like public and private keys.
So, a decent idea from a member of the administration. Clearly the social security number needs a major revamp.