But two federal agencies created in the wake of the Great Recession of 2008 are quietly assembling a national database that could routinely be the scene for more egregious invasions of privacy on 227 million Americans.
SSNs, credit history, etc.
The National Mortgage Database will include Social Security numbers, credit card accounts, even your entire credit history.
All of that information and more will be available to thousands of federal bureaucrats. An estimated 95 percent of all single-family home mortgages taken out since 1998 will be included in the database.
It will also include, Pollock reports, individuals' "delinquent payments, late payments, minimum payments, high account balances and credit scores."
How long till it's hacked?
They note the many hacking incidents in recent years in which federal IT systems were compromised. There is also concern about the frequency with which thoughtless bureaucrats have lost computer files containing sensitive information like Social Security numbers.
Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, told Pollock that "if someone were to breach that system, they could very easily steal somebody’s identity."
On today's washingtonexaminer.com
Examiner Magazine/Michael Barone: Why even Reagan couldn't be Reagan today.
Columnist/Shika Dalmia: Obama plan to rate colleges won't produce accountability.
Columnist/Philip Klein: Pharmaceutical industry haunted by support for government-run health care.
Columnist/Byron York: Midterms nearing, GOP still searching for agenda.
Op-ed/Rep. Andy Harris: It's time to give vets a private-health care voucher.
Op-ed/James S. Robbins: Obama's West Point speech exposes his foreign policy failures.
Beltway Confidential/Blake Seitz: Florida Democrat says "not one single complaint" in her state about VA.
PennAve/Susan Crabtree: White House confirms off-schedule Obama/Hillary lunch.
Legal Newsline/Kyla Asbury: NFL says plaintiff never bought Super Bowl tickets, can't file class-action lawsuit over them.
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The Washington Post: U.S., Snowden clash over his email.
USA Today: Chuck Hagel to raise China disputes in meeting.
Daily Caller: Marine intervenes in robbery, shoots robber.
Washington Free Beacon: Experts concerned environmentalism creeping into federal food policy.
The American Spectator: UKIP's populism and ours.
The Federalist: Life isn't a zero-sum game.
New Republic: Vulnerable Dems want Shinseki out.
The American Prospect: Reparations and the subprime meltdown in the Obama era.
The Daily Beast: Iran hackers using "John R. Bolton" to hack foes.
Mother Jones: Silicon Valley firms even whiter than you thought.
Tax-Prof Blog: Correlation doesn't mean causation.
Talking Points Memo: Why Congress gets nothing done.