H&R Block Mails Customers Their Own SSNs… On The Outside Of The Envelope
from the oops dept
Tax prep firm H&R Block is apologizing today for sending out copies of their tax preparation software to customers, while using customers’ social security numbers as part of the tracking numbers found on the package. The social security number was apparently mixed in as part of a 47-digit tracking number, leading H&R Block to claim that it would be virtually impossible for identity theft to result from this mishap, as it would be quite difficult to decipher which digits within the 47 digits were the SSN. It’s not clear, however, from the story if it was the same set of digits in each tracking number. Still, it does raise serious questions about how the company is using supposedly private SSNs for other purposes.