Study Comparing SSDI/Death Master File and Credit Applications and Services Find Identities of Nearly 2.5 Million Deceased

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

An issue of  concern for the genealogical community that is still before the US Congress in several pieces of legislation is public access to the Social Security Death Index[SSDI]/ Death Master File. As you may recall the legislation would limit or totally deny access to the commercial version of  the Death Master File(DMF] known as the SSDI.

A just released study from ID Analytics shows, that the identities of nearly 2.5 million deceased Americans are used improperly to apply for credit products and services each year. This is the first study to examine the extent of people improperly using a deceased person's identity to establish credit accounts. The study compared the names, dates of birth  and Social Security numbers on 100 million applications during
the first three months of 2011 to data in the DMF to find which applications used personally identifiable information associated with deceased individuals--with results showing nearly 2.5 million deceased's identity
used wrongly.

To read more about the study go to:
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Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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