Digital Death, A True Story

Do NotI love the Red Tape Chronicles.  Bob Sullivan sheds light on the problems directly related to living in this technological age.  In his latest post a woman was declared dead by an electronic mistake, and now faces as much (or more) difficulty restoring her credit life as someone who falls victim to identity theft. 

The current dependence on digital identity confirmation – and society’s recent efforts to thwart identity theft – are actually working against her in this case.  Truth be told, it is good that she cannot operate using the social security number of a deceased person.  The system has been designed to prevent that for obvious fraud reasons.  The problem is that she is not dead.  It’s an extraordinary story of being stuck in the proverbial rock vs hard place.


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