OK: County Posts Social Security Numbers Online
Thousands of Oklahomans’ Social Security numbers may be listed online for anyone to see and they don’t even know it.
Pottawatomie County posts home sale and mortgage information on its Web site, but some home owners said the county is getting too personal about open records.
“What the public needs to realize is, for years, Social Security numbers have been used,” said Pottawatomie County Clerk Nancy Bryce.
She said the numbers have been available on the Web site for years and she can’t black out the numbers to protect residents from identity theft.
“Once it’s on file in my office, it is public information,” Bryce said.
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N.B. There are some who could reasonably argue that this type of situation isn’t really a breach because it is knowing exposure. Since I don’t have a category for “invitation to ID theft,” I decided to just include such stories on the site anyway.