The language that eliminates public access to the Social Security Death Master File — also known as the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) — for three calendar years after an individual’s death was in the budget bill when it was signed.

The FOIA exemption means that all requests for “information on the name, social security account number, date of birth, and date of death of people who’ve died in the three calendar years before the request will be denied.

The second big effect is that it will be unlikely that any updated version of the SSDI will be available from now on until three calendar years have passed from the date of any individual’s death.

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