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Security problems at healthcare.gov even worse than expected


PJMediaAn Associated Press story revealed last month that the federal government had authorized as many as 50 private companies, including Google, Twitter and Facebook, to track and record healthcare.gov users’ information...“The use of 50 companies to perform data mining is digital overkill and puts the [privacy and online security] of consumers at significant risk,” said Wright, who testified at the joint hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Research and Technology, and Oversight subcommittees.

Given the sensitivity of the medical and financial information dealt with on the website, any data-sharing agreements beyond those strictly necessary for the site to function are questionable. It might be understandable to share visitor data with a single site to provide anonymous visitor metrics as many websites do; but this goes well beyond that data, and there can be no legitimate purposes for sharing private data with so many different companies.

I can tell you this: it has nothing to do with improving the user's experience. One metrics agreement would be more than sufficient for that.

This entry was published Mon Feb 23 09:01:31 CST 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-02-23 09:01:31.0. [Tweet]

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