Policy puts troops at risk for identity theft

Andrew Tilghman reports:

U.S. troops may be among the most vulnerable Americans to identity theft. That’s because the U.S. military is overusing Social Security numbers and putting at risk troops’ most basic personal information, according to a recent report from several professors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

It’s been a problem for years, and the Pentagon has issued a stream of policies and directives to curtail the risk. But the underlying problem is a culture where troops are constantly prompted to provide their Social Security numbers when doing basic daily tasks such as logging onto computers, signing up for medical care and accessing routine military facilities.

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