Genealogy Sites Remove Social Security Numbers

Genealogy Sites Remove Social Security Numbers

ICTMN Staff
12/20/11

Ancestry.com and Genealogybank.com have stopped posting Social Security numbers on their sites.

According to a story by Scripps Howard News Service, Genealogybank.com stop listing the numbers “in response to people’s concerns about privacy,” said Daniel Jones, vice president of consumer products for Newsbank.com, which owns Genealogybank.com. “Two people who were living contacted us to say they were concerned that their private information was exposed. That’s when we made the decision.”

According to that story, Scripps Howard discovered 31,931 Americans falsely listed as deceased due to data entry errors.

NBC4 reported on the Thomas family in May 2011 after their infant Samantha died in 2010, someone had been using her Social Security number on their taxes. This incident led to Ancestry.com removing the numbers from their site.

To read the full stories visit The Republic.com and NBC4i.com.

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