I am sure most have seen the TV ad for LifeLock, you know where the company president gives out his social security number to prove the value of buying his identity theft products. It appears that if a ruling by a federal judge in Virginia stands, LifeLock might have a bunch of new folks needing their service.
A federal judge has ruled that the First Amendment protects the right of Virginia privacy activist Betty Ostergren to publish the Social Security numbers of public officials on her website. She posted the numbers to protest the Virginia government’s policy of posting public real estate records online that included people’s Social Security numbers. The decision—and the associated publicity for Ostergren’s website—may prompt Virginia politicians to hurry up and fix their own website.
So how long do you think it will be before Virginia officials update their website to remove the SSN’s from their public records?