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And note that the total number of people whose SSNs, addresses, and other personal data was stolen is holding steady at 21 million folks! That’s better than 10% of the U.S. workforce! (though some of those are also probably foreign nationals)

The bottom line is that we ain’t got no anonymity. Just consider what’s available already within the US and other westernized nations in the way of DNA, fingerprint, and other data, and think about the battle-testing that’s already gone into such things as the following:

During the height of U.S. operations in Afghanistan, the military fielded a device to take fingerprints, iris scans, and photos of people with whom troops came in contact. It was called the Biometrics Automated Toolset, and its data went on to populate the Defense Department’s Automated Biometric Identification System.

“When we first went out with fingerprints we got about a 5 percent match rate. Now we’ve populated the database, so we get 40 percent match,” said Fitz. He hopes DNA matching will show the same rapid improvement.

(full article here)