Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Social Security Numbers in States’ Newborn Screening Programs

Date: 
Monday, November 28, 2011
Report Number: 
A-08-11-11181
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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Our review of State Departments' of Health newborn screening programs disclosed that many routinely collected and used mothers' SSNs as identifiers, despite the continuing rise in identity theft. We believe such practices increase the risk of SSN misuse and unnecessarily subject mothers to the possibility of identity theft.