The government has files on everyone (or nearly everyone); people never suspected of, or implicated in, any crime.
How is this different from what the Stasi did?
The founders of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights had, at the time, just faced down a global fascist hegemony, which made those rights seem just and proper and self-evident for great peace and wellbeing.
Now those founding states are becoming a global fascists hegemony
The whole G+ real-name crap kept me away but it did teach me something I wouldn't have otherwise known if I *had* started using the service:
I can get along perfectly fine without Google +.
©ne Ring to Rule Them All
So, pretty clearly, there is a huge problem with SSNs being used in the USA as both identifier and authenticator. And this has been know for years, and many people have suffered as a result of this really really stupid system, whose flaws are obvious to everyone using the system.
So how long will it take to get something changed?