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End of the Social Security number? A White House official thinks so

According to Rob Joyce, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, they are exploring ways to replace Social Security number with a safer system. A possibility can be using cryptographic keys, or a combination of long random numbers, to unlock personal data. The merit of such numbers is that they could be revoked once they are found to be compromised, he said.

“I feel very strongly that the Social Security number has outlived its usefulness,” Mr. Joyce said at a cybersecurity conference hosted by the Washington Post.

The White House official spoke Tuesday morning just as members of Congress grilled former Equifax Chief Executive Richard Smithat House panel hearing, asking questions about how the data breach occurred and how to address cybersecurity risks involving credit-rating firms.

Some Democratic lawmakers are calling for new regulations for the credit-rating industry, including shifting the control of personal data to individuals by allowing them to opt into or opt out of the credit bureaus’ systems.

Original Story at WSJ.

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