From NextGov:

Secur­ity ex­perts say most Amer­ic­ans are likely to have their sens­it­ive per­son­al in­form­a­tion stolen at some point in their lives. Some­times, it hap­pens when an in­di­vidu­al un­wit­tingly clicks on a ma­li­cious link in an email; oth­er times, it’s a trus­ted re­tail­er or health in­sur­ance pro­vider that fails to main­tain con­trol of their cus­tom­ers’ data. And, in­creas­ingly, gov­ern­ment data breaches have led to massive amounts of com­prom­ised per­son­al in­form­a­tion.

As it be­comes clear that even the gov­ern­ment has trouble keep­ing data safe, a pair of House mem­bers from op­pos­ite corners of the coun­try are team­ing up to try and keep some sens­it­ive in­form­a­tion out of the gov­ern­ment’s hands en­tirely.

Reps. Vern Buchanan, a Re­pub­lic­an from Flor­ida, and Jim Mc­Der­mott, a Demo­crat from Wash­ing­ton, in­tro­duced a bill this month that would re­quire the most com­monly used tax forms to in­clude a trun­cated So­cial Se­cur­ity num­ber. The bill would af­fect W–2 tax and wage forms, which are dis­trib­uted to every wage earner in the U.S. that makes at least $600 a year.

When Mc­Der­mott put for­ward the same bill last year, it nev­er got off the ground. But since then, a pair of data breaches at the Of­fice of Per­son­nel Man­age­ment com­prom­ised the per­son­al in­form­a­tion of more than 22 mil­lion people. The stolen data in­cluded So­cial Se­cur­ity num­bers, sens­it­ive health and fin­an­cial in­form­a­tion, and more than 5 mil­lion fin­ger­prints.

Al­though the bill from Buchanan and Mc­Der­mott would have done noth­ing to pre­vent the scale or harm of the OPM breaches, the events brought…

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