SSN Is A Crappy Means Of Identification

The US Social Security Number (SSN) was first issued during the 1930's as part of President Roosevelt's "New Deal" program, a response to the ravages of the Great Depression. The purpose of the 9-digit number was to track a persons contributions and benefits under Social Security.

It was never intended to be "personal number" or identifier in the way we now use it - and it shows. It's apparently way too easy for it to be stolen, sold and otherwise mis-used. 

Following the clusterf*ck that was the 2017 Equifax breach, the current administration is looking for a way to get away from using the SSN in this way, and come up with another method of identifying consumers, probably based upon cryptographic data - perhaps something like blockchain, already used by other countries.
“One of the world’s most developed digital societies” is how Estonia describes itself on its website. After a nationwide cyberattack in 2007, the government began moving toward a blockchain-based system developed by an Estonian company to secure and protect its data and systems.

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