Tuesday, January 23, 2007

why circulate residents' SS #s to ward offices?

That's the question that yesterday's news story prompts me to ask. Today's Sun-Times has a follow-up story, which clarifies that the practice of including social security numbers in the data given to ward office was stopped 3 years ago, and that the data CDs in question go back to that time.

A class action lawsuit has been filed, and this site is the place to go for information regarding the lawsuit.

Is there any legitimate reason why data other than the most basic voter registration info (name, address, gender, birth year, political party) should be given to ward workers? I can't think of any.

Did I miss something, or has the Tribune utterly failed to provide any coverage on this story? Is somebody asleep at the wheel over there?

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