The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is a resource used quite frequently by genealogists. In fact, I have used it in almost every client project I have done in one way or another.
Due to some issues, which I feel are mainly misinformation, it may no longer be available for us to use.
Personally, I don't feel that the SSDI is contributing in any major way to identify theft. However, I would be fine with no longer having the SSNs listed in the SSDI, just the names, and birth and death dates.
I'm not sure how not showing SS numbers would affect ordering the SS applications, which have already started to have the parents names redacted if the person wasn't born at least 100 years ago.
There is a petition online HERE . Please sign it and help save our access to the SSDI. As of right now there are 2094 signatures, and I would really like to see us hit the 25,000 goal by Mar 8, 2012.