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comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
@TripeHound: Well, I asked that question because some non-public information by itself is dangerous to reveal (e.g. account numbers, SSNs, etc.) so I was wondering if birth date is as dangerous to reveal as those or not.
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comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
Great, okay thanks. +1
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comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
@LucasKauffman: Again, you're not answering my question. I asked you a very clear question: would you have answered the same way for SSNs and bank account/credit card numbers? My question wasn't whether revealing them is common sense.
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comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
@LucasKauffman: So in your answer you say it's "safe" to reveal my birth date since it's not "secret information", although I should do it only where necessary. It's hard for me to understand what that means without putting it into context. Would you have said the same thing about SSNs, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers? Or are those actually "secret information" unlike this one?
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comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
@DeerHunter: Something tells me it wasn't, but okay. :P
Jul
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comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
@danielAzuelos: I understand that; my point is that my question was not about the origin of the risk. It was about the risk and its consequences.
Jul
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comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
@DeerHunter: Did you actually search that somewhere, or is it a hypothetical example?!
Jul
27
comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
The first link doesn't seem to be related to SSNs, but the mere mention of the fact that it's easier to guess SSNs given birthdays definitely deserves a +1...
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comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
I'm assuming the United States here (which I assumed was fairly obvious, since SSN is an American thing). What's the answer in that case?
Jul
27
comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
@LucasKauffman: I'm not really looking for an exhaustive list of anything; just something less generic than "some companies use it for verification purposes", since at least when I checked online on a variety of websites right now, none of them asked for my birthday when I told them I'd forgotten my username or password. So it's not immediately obvious what kinds of companies ask for this information for identification purposes, and in what situations. A few examples of the sorts of companies that do this would be more than enough.
Jul
27
comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
Yes, this is super far fetched. It's not even remotely on par with the kind of danger you face with revealing your SSN or mother's maiden name or something like that, but I'm pretty sure a birthday is almost as dangerous as those, so there must be much bigger risks...
Jul
27
comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
Uh... are you sure you're actually answering my question? You just confirmed what I wrote...
Jul
27
comment How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?
I don't get your first paragraph. Isn't that the same problem as with every other piece of information? The problem isn't the information itself, it's the fact that the information is used to verify your identity. I don't understand what you're saying here...