• Batman
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    472 months ago

    All of your social security numbers into the dark web and all AT&T users get is a laughable $5 credit per account

    • @assembly
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      242 months ago

      I was an AT&T customer in 2001 but haven’t used them since and I’m guessing this leak will include my data as well. This is such crap. They ain’t offering me anything. They say it’s not impacting their operations but I don’t give a shit about their operations. It sounds like they covered it up for two weeks and are now trying to bury it. The government really has to start coming down hard on these asshats.

      • @[email protected]
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        222 months ago

        I haven’t been a customer for like ten years. And they only needed the ss number ten years before that. Why the hell did they retain that info after the credit check? Why the hell did they retain it after I stopped using their service?

        • ThrowawayOnLemmy
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          72 months ago

          Every major cell provider offering non pre-paid service does this. You run your credit when you open the account, but they can hold on to the info in that credit app indefinitely. Usually it’s kept on file to make sure no one else attempts to open an account using your info. If a new app gets run with your social and they already have an account with that social, the new credit app gets flagged for review.

          • @InformalTrifle
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            232 months ago

            We need a GDPR equivalent, but US politicians aren’t interested in protecting individuals

            • Dark Arc
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              122 months ago

              We need identity to be disconnected from authorization so it hardly matters if your SSN leaks.

            • @EmpathicVagrant
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              62 months ago

              They’ll pay a fine of like $120M, appeal or have it waived down to $24M and a new law will be passed barring a class action or any further ramifications when it happens again.

            • @MsPenguinette
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              42 months ago

              Unless it’s tiktok and all the sudden they give all the shits

        • Urist
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          2 months ago

          If you give your ss number out, you should assume the company will save it forever and misuse it.

          We have ss numbers from customers dating back at least 15 years. It saves us time if they come back, that’s the only reason they’re kept that long (to my knowledge). It’s a casino, we need ss if you win enough to pay taxes. So, we do need to keep them for some length of time.

          But, ss are visible to most customer service staff that handle reward cards (starting pay is the defacto minimum wage for the area for some of those roles, btw).

  • partial_accumen
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    112 months ago

    Just a note. The 19.2 million AT&T prepaid customer should NOT be affected because SSN is never collected to start or continue service.

  • @Everythingispenguins
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    12 months ago

    Maybe if there was some way SSNs were a secure systems. Because all we have right now is the no peaking system.