The U.S. needs to do a better job protecting the identities of its military personnel, according to a former Army intelligence officer who wrote a report that shines a light on the pervasive use of military members' Social Security numbers as identifiers. Lt. Col. Gregory Conti, now a West Point professor, writes that "Service members and their families are burdened with a work environment that shows little regard for their personal information." He says the military needs to abandon the practice, The New York Times reports. Military officials say they are working to address the problem. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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