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Roger Snodgrass’ article on identity theft (Wednesday, Jan. 2) was inspired by the recent compromise of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) computers that contained personal information such as Social Security numbers. Snodgrass quotes Wally McCorkle as saying the incident called for “extreme vigilance” and the article further quoted McCorkle with suggestions for one to pursue.
Rather than each affected person paying the $10 per month to Life-Lock or others for identity protection as well as the $10 dollars each per TransUnion, Esperion, and EquiFax agencies to freeze credit report accounts, might I suggest that the real liability and monetary expenses should lie with the agency that has mishandled the information.
Even though one may be meticulous in handling their own personal information, there are agencies (such as LANL and the Credit Reporting folks) that require Social Security information beyond one’s control.
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