U.S. government weighs social-media snooping to detect Social Security fraud

Mark Miller | March 29, 2019

U.S. government weighs social-media snooping to detect Social Security fraud
Getting followed on social media could soon gain a new meaning for workers applying for Social Security disability benefits. The Trump administration is working on a plan to let the Social Security Administration (SSA) check up on claimants on Facebook and Twitter in order to root out fraud and abuse in the disability program. It is the latest move in a push by critics of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to crack down on alleged fraud and abuse. Conservatives have long argued that cheating is rampant in the program, and in recent years convinced Congress to fund expanded efforts by the SSA on anti-fraud efforts. The idea of social media surveillance is getting a push from the conservative Heritage Foundation.

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As if a firestorm devastating 370,000 acres and displacing 515,000 people weren't enough, County of San Diego personnel had to deal with a crisis all their own: getting information to the public after their website crashed under unprecedented traffic. To prevent a recurrence, the county now hosts its site on Microsoft Azure, where it scales to 19 million page views hourly and which costs 78 percent less to maintain than the previous site.

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