Privacy & Identity

National Data Privacy Day

January 28, 2019 • By

"  "Far too often, the news alerts consumers about potential data breaches and concerns over the privacy of their personal data. In 2018, several major breaches affected millions. Questions and concerns about data and privacy are on the rise.

To highlight the importance of data privacy, Congress decreed January 28 as National Data Privacy Day. This day is an annual observance dedicated to increasing awareness about data privacy, the importance of individual privacy rights, and the need to protect personally identifiable information (PII) from improper use and disclosure.

Social Security collects and maintains some of the public’s most sensitive PII. We respect the privacy of individuals, safeguard their PII, and maintain the public’s trust in performing these responsibilities – not just on National Data Privacy Day, but every day.

Whether through new online services on the secure my Social Security portal that allow you to review your benefits online, or ensuring information contained in existing paper files are protected, we are constantly reviewing and improving our procedures and policies to ensure protecting PII remains a top priority for our agency.

To learn more about Social Security’s privacy program, please visit our Office of Privacy and Disclosure’s webpage. You can also review some practical tips for being privacy smart on the National Data Privacy Day website.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. Kathleen Lannon

    MY husband passed in 2008, I will be turning 60 in March. How far in advance should I apply for survivors benefits?

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    • Luis A., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Kathleen. We are sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. You may apply for survivors benefits as early as four (4) months before you reach age 60. For more information about widow’s benefits. For more information, please check out our Benefits Planner: Survivors | How You Apply. You may also want to read our publication titled, “Survivors Benefits.” We hope this helps.

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  2. Ms. B

    Seems so wrong in many ways. My child’s father and I were not married and lived in separate households. We Both provided the financial means for our child. My support came from my earnings of a paid into by once being an abled body. My portion of responsibility and duty for her financial means comes from title ii derived from my earnings record and the fact I’m disabled. The courts in Florida recognize this and therefore he was ordered to support her via his work wages being garnished. So she had my support and equally his. As it should be. Sadly he has died. He too has an earnings record he paid for too by taxes he has a trust benefit in SS. Which has the means to continue his financial obligation for his child. SS says she is dual entitled how dual entitled says one’s own record and that of another’s. So she is not “dual” moreso laws state it is EACH parents duty to financially support their child. Why then can a child not get both entitled derived benefits from each separate parents record? As it is viewed in court as the number holders and it’s simply remuneration. Very wrong this has caused double harm for now opportunities she ONCE had are gone because on my income sources alone I can no longer afford. You harmed my child took her means away without any care had he been still alive on drawing his benefits you would garnish them. Seems so wrong you don’t help in any way when at 5 yrs her dad died. You use his money he paid in to help a stranger over his own child who you have harmed. I’m pissed

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