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Why did the Social Security Administration Open its Files After 9/11?
 


27 April 2005 at 1:51:56 PM
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The Social Security Administration freely opened its files to the FBI and other police agencies after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

In a letter dated Sept. 13, 2001, SSA's general counsel signed off on the police agencies' request, saying the information should be released for "investigations of the above terrorism acts."

The disclosure, announced on Tuesday, raised eyebrows because the SSA has long promised to protect the confidentiality of its records. "In early 1937 the Department of Justice requested access to the Social Security files. The request was denied," the SSA says in its official history. "Subsequently, the U.S. Attorney General himself and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation made similar requests, and they were rebuffed as well."

More recent SSA regulations permit disclosure to law enforcement agencies on an case-by-case basis. The SSA document was obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center through the Freedom of Information Act.

We often hear the excuse that 911 changed everything. But 911 was not an opportunity to pry into everyone's lives via database collections that we as citizens expect to be secure, private, and used only for the intention for which it was created.


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