February 17, 1999 |
The number of Americans tracked by their Social Security number for everything from credit applications to health-care services has increased in recent years, according to a new report by the General Accounting Office. The report sparks new concerns over privacy issues and will likely trigger congressional hearings into whether new federal laws are needed to protect individual rights, said Rep. E. Clay Shaw Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2000 |
In the ongoing legal battle between Yorba Linda's two top officials, a judge ruled Thursday that longtime City Manager Arthur C. Simonian's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Mayor John M. Gullixson has merit. Gullixson, an attorney, had asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds that the dispute has put Simonian's personal affairs in the public arena. But Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas N. Thrasher Sr.
October 20, 2012 |
The U.S. Supreme Court put a final kibosh this week on Republican efforts to kill early balloting in Ohio, but voting rights advocates say they remain vigilant to assure that voter identification requirements don't keep legitimate voters from going to the polls. Identification requirements in a 2006 Ohio voting law still require more documentation than some voters will be able to provide on Nov. 6, said Kathleen Unger, an attorney who heads VoteRiders , a California-based nonprofit group that tries to secure voting rights for citizens around the country.
April 11, 1990 |
Listen up, Moms and Dads: Your child's case of the "Terrible 2s" isn't your only problem. The Internal Revenue Service now requires 2-year-olds to have a Social Security number, and if they don't, you'll hear from the agency as soon as you file your tax return by next Monday's deadline. You thought children didn't need the numbers until they were age 5? Well, a 1986 federal law requiring 5-year-olds to have Social Security numbers was amended by Congress in 1988.
April 16, 1988 |
QUESTION: I am a Canadian citizen who immigrated to the United States in 1961. Shortly later I received legal immigrant status, an accompanying "green card" and a Social Security number. I have been employed since 1965 and have contributed to Social Security over all these years. Now a friend tells me that to draw Social Security benefits at retirement age, I must be a U.S. citizen. Can that be right? --E. A. T.
July 4, 2010 |
Security researchers Nick DePetrillo and Don Bailey have discovered a seven-digit numerical code that can unlock all kinds of secrets about you. It's your phone number. Using relatively simple techniques, this duo can use your cellphone number to figure out your name, where you live and work, where you travel and when you sleep. They could even listen to your voice messages and personal phone calls — if they wanted to. "It's really interesting to watch a phone number turn into a person's life," DePetrillo said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 |
Two years ago, an American named Victor Guerrero applied for a job as a prison guard with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He passed a written and physical examination, then submitted to a background check. It asked whether the applicant had ever used a Social Security number "other than the one you used on this questionnaire.” Guerrero, who was born in Mexico and came to the United States at age 11, truthfully answered "yes. " At age 15, he explained, he took a job in a restaurant using a Social Security number that didn't belong to him. Guerrero says he used it for about seven years, until he became a legal permanent resident of the United States in 2007.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1997 |
A San Fernando Valley lawyer convicted of using false identification to obtain more than $600,000 in loans has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, U.S. Atty. Nora M. Manella said. Ione Young Gray, a 49-year-old West Hills resident who hosted television and radio shows offering advice on purchasing foreclosed homes for profit, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge William D. Keller. Gray was convicted in January in U.S.