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.
August 21, 2011 |
As many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Identity thieves may use your personal information to access your financial accounts, open credit cards, even rent an apartment in your name. Here are tips from the FTC, National Consumers League and Gibson Research on avoiding identity theft: Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails. They could lead to legitimate-looking websites aimed at tricking you into entering your Social Security number, user name or account passwords.
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.
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.
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.
September 19, 2012
Re "Grocer's plan to use E-Verify stirs anger," Sept. 17 Congratulations to the owner of Mi Pueblo Food Center for having the courage to stand up for what is right and deciding to participate in the federal E-Verify program. Many of the grocer's critics fail to consider an important benefit of E-Verify: to make sure that a person applying for a job using a Social Security number in fact obtained that number legally. My fiancee was the victim of identity theft when a person used her Social Security number for employment in another state.
September 17, 2005 |
To guard against identity theft, John and Mary Benbow of La Jolla took their first names off their personal checks, using their initials instead. They shred documents that show any of their identification numbers and carry credit cards only when they plan to use them. Whenever they see a doctor or go to the pharmacy, however, they must present Medicare cards inscribed with their Social Security numbers -- numbers widely viewed as the keys to identify theft.