Social Security Earnings & Benefits - What's wrong with this picture? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Perhaps I'm just paranoid but at the bottom of sending in an online request for my Social Security Personal Earnings & Benefit Statement is the following statement: "Anyone using this system expressly consents to monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals possible evidence of criminal activity, SSA may provide the evidence of such monitoring to law enforcement officials."

-- Texan (, March 17, 1999


Oops! Something got cut off!

-- Texan (, March 17, 1999.

So, in order to get information about my money which they're using & that there's a great liklihood that I'll never see anyway I must agree to "be monitored" ? By whom, for what? One could assume that the monitoring that they're referring to is for hackers and people trying to get someone else's S.S. information but I do believe they should explicitly spell that out.

-- Texan (, March 17, 1999.

Just wait. My husband and neighbor each got their statements and never even asked for them. Don't know why they're sending them out. I'm waiting for mine for awhile, if I don't have it by September, I'll write for it.

-- margie mason (, March 17, 1999.

I don't think that the sending of statements is y2k related, really. I got one last year. I think they are sending them because they can, and because they want JQP to continue working in jobs that pay SS tax, and also so that he is confident that when he retires, that SS will still be there for him.

Mary P.

-- Mary P (, March 17, 1999.

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-- 00 (123@456.789), March 17, 1999.

Hey, while we're on the topic, let's analyze what happens when every household (100 million) in the country calls up an average of 10 "vendors" (Social Sec, mortgage, insurance, profit plans, bank, etc) and asks for a printed statement to be mailed.

What's ten hundred million... a billion? Another billion pieces of mail the USPS has to crunch thru at Christmas time?

Who's gonna pay for the extra postage, paper, envelopes, CPU, print/collate/sort time? The vendor providing the statement? Or the customer (you), ultimately?

Plus businesses, I suppose they'll want paper records, too. Another billion pieces of postage?

-- Lisa (lisa@vacation!.today!), March 17, 1999.

My husband and I received a statement without asking for one. Maybe it has to do with age. We are going to be 47. I haven't heard of any others receiving a statement until this thread.

I am glad they sent it.

-- Linda A. (, March 17, 1999.

SSA automatically sends you these statements after you reach a certain age. Others (below that age) can request them anytime.

I haven't got a clue about the meaning of the 'monitoring' statement but I don't like it. I wonder if you have given your implied consent if they sent you one automatically?

-- Arnie Rimmer (, March 17, 1999.


The consent is just for requesting it online but it's a VERY open ended waiver to be 'monitored'.

Ridiculous...if the SSA can't even put up a secure website then how, pray tell, can they solve their Y2K problems? And they are supposed to be farther along than any other gov't agency!

I wonder how old you have to be for them to send the statement? It seems that that's pretty young (40's) to send the information when you may not retire for 20-30 more yrs.

-- Texan (, March 17, 1999.

I'm 46. My brother is 42. We both just got one. My other bro, 49, did not.

-- oboy (Oboy@oboy....), March 17, 1999.

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