Warning: An end to the Social Security Death Master File?

Research is Hampered by New Limits on Death Records
Kevin Sack | The New York Times
October 8, 2012

A shift by the Social Security Administration to limit access to its death records amid concerns about identity theft is beginning to hamper a broad swath of research, including assessments of hospital safety and financial industry efforts to spot consumer fraud.

A quote by the senior project manager of the Nurses’ Health Study is apt:

the new policy ha(s) “thrown us back to the pre-Internet era where you’d start looking in the phone book for someone with a similar name and sending out a bunch of letters.”

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