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  •  I'd say that defining "data" is (9+ / 0-)

    akin to Clinton defining sex. (feel free to insert your favorite modern world/genie/bottle reference here)
    From their site,

    Locate Hard-to-Find Individuals Fast using Social Security Search

    Conducting a Social Security search is easy with Social Search, a powerful and cost-effective tool for tracking down a consumer when all other identifying information is outdated or incomplete. Social Search instantly matches and retrieves the latest consumer identification information reported on the input Social Security number from Experian's File OneSM database. Find people who have changed their names or moved without leaving a forwarding address with Experian's Social Security search logic.
    Features and Benefits

        Get instant, up-to-date consumer identifying information on different consumers with the same Social Security Number
        Know your customers' latest addresses
       Reveal inconsistencies on consumer-supplied information to assist in fraud detection
        Backed by Experian's File OneSM database of more than 220 million credit-active consumers
        Allows you to quickly conduct a Social Security search on up to 20 different Social Security numbers on an inquiry
        Returns up to 10 consumers reported with a given Social Security number for a complete history
        Offers two report types, full and partial, for clients with and without a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) permissible purpose
        Add-on options available

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:27:25 AM PST

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    •  I Saw That As Well (8+ / 0-)

      But I suspect that the data being sold there is data that we are compelled to give either directly to Experian -- when we buy a report from them -- or data that they purchase from various vendors (banks, etc.)

      They already have -- or believe they have -- a Social Security number for the vast majority of personal records, again, I suspect.

      The SSA promises that Experian isn't being given your Social Security number to authenticate you. This is a very interesting part of the interaction, from a software service provider perspective. The SSA is contracting to Experian to authoritatively associate you, a human, with the only unique ID that both parties share for you, without actually exchanging the ID itself. This is a very peculiar puzzle.

      Of course, even without your Social Security number or participation data being shared, Experian can glean some information about you simply from your desire to log in and from the questions you answer.

      Whether or not Experian is allowed to do this by terms of their agreement with the SSA is not clear from the information the government is giving.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:32:53 AM PST

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    •  For chrissakes (0+ / 0-)

      All of the private data that various companies have about you  is based on your giving your Social Security number to someone else (your bank, the hospital, the credit card company, the DMV), it has nothing to do with the Social Security program or the Social Security Administration. They are not giving your information to anyone.

      Whatever is good or bad about SSA's  current system of authenticating your identity and giving you access to Social Security services (like an online Social Security Statement), it has absolutely nothing to do with SSA turning over data they have about you to any other party.

      They problem that lot's of private companies have intimate data about our lives totally precedes this.

      •  So Experian is required to delete "wrong" answers? (2+ / 0-)
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        nchristine, gooderservice

        Experian may not, under force of law, use this little scam to improve their database?

        "I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy." Michel de Montaigne

        by JesseCW on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:49:55 AM PST

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