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Records, Computers and the Rights of Citizens,
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In early 1972, then Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Elliot Richardson, created a Special Advisory Committee with the charge to analyze harmful consequences that might result from automated personal data systems, and to make recommendations about safeguards that might protect individuals against potentially harmful consequences and afford them redress for any harm. Since the Social Security Number has been widely used as a personal identifier, the Committee was also asked to examine the policy and practice relating to the issuance and use of such numbers. On July 31, 1973, the Committee submitted its final report to now Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Casper Weinberger, with Attorney General Elliot Richardson in attendance. To put the findings of this committee in perspective and proper context, the following discussion draws on selected segments of the report.
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