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  •  Well, I did ask (6+ / 0-)

    who provides the authentication for other online services.  

    I bank online.  Does experian handle all the banks?  I pay electric, phone, internet, water, and credit cards online.  Does experian handle all of those, too?  And I have a couple of retirement accounts at different trustees--does experian handle those?

    You make it sound like experian is the only game in town, so I was just asking.

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:10:47 AM PST

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    •  The California DMV can do their own on-line (1+ / 0-)
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      verification.

      The IRS can verify me and process my lil' 1040 EZ over the phone.

      The EDD can handle my UI application on-line all by themselves like big kids.

      But not Social Security.  They need Experian.

      "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 11:41:15 AM PST

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      •  SSA takes applications online already (0+ / 0-)

        They are using Experian to authenticate people for an on-going suite of services organized under the MySSA web portal. E.g. access to your earnings history  This is not the same as applying for benefits online which you can do now without the Experian verification screen.

         There is no argument that SSA is a very conservative organization that has primarily provided in-person service for 75 years. They are slow in getting to the new world. They are deathly afraid of compromising personal data, especially online. Less so than mailing a check to the wrong person, frankly.

        •  Again - all those other groups manage to do (1+ / 0-)
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          their own verification.

          They don't have to throw our cash or information to predatory corporations.

          "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 01:52:45 PM PST

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        •  And why do you know (0+ / 0-)

          that they are 'deathly afraid?'

          Are you a board member?  Their external auditors?  An SEC examiner?

          The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

          by dfarrah on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:58:38 PM PST

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