Auditor to EDD: Find Ways to Stop Including SSNs in Mailings
EDD has an IT infrastructure modernization underway that would replace Social Security numbers with another unique identifier, but that project won’t reach fruition until 2024 at the soonest. State Auditor Elaine M. Howle says that’s too long to wait.
The state auditor has called out the California Employment Development Department for unnecessarily exposing recipients of unemployment and disability benefits to the risk of identity theft by including their full Social Security numbers in mailings.
In fiscal year 2017-18, EDD sent more than 17 million pieces of mail to these beneficiaries, all containing full SSNs. EDD has an IT infrastructure modernization underway that would replace...