It has been on the mind of many people that why is such sensitive information about dead people available online. The SSDI (Social Security Death Index)is the list of deceased people with their names, date of birth and death and their social security information.At first, many people questions this and criticize the government for it. But later on, it providesa lot of benefits for keeping the security of a deceased person. It helps in protecting the identity of people from being misused.
Due to the rights to information act
The right to information acts states that everyone has the right to access to information. That is why the information in SSDI was provided to the people. But it faced a lot of backlash from people due to revealing such sensitive information. There were many cases of identity theft reported for which government revealed another document named Death master file.
How it helps in remembering war heroes?
You might not know every war hero like Norman Asch who takes part in world war 2. These files help in keeping the information on such heroes so that you can remember them even after they are gone. You can learn the names, date of birth and death, and their social security information.
Helps in preventing identity theft
By releasing death master files helps in protecting the identity of deceased people. This prevents issues where people steal the identity and take loans and debts in the name of the deceased people. It was quite problematic but now you do not face such issues anymore and you can simply register the death of anyone.
These are some of the reasons as to why the SSID is available publicly without any laws. You should also inform the Social Security Administration about any death to protect their identity after their death.