US government healthcare website passes personal data to outside firms

The government’s health insurance website is quietly passing along consumers’ personal data to outside websites. The privacy concerns come against the backdrop Obama’s new initiative to protect personal data online.

In a recent visit to the site, AP found that certain personal details – including age, income and whether you smoke – were being passed along probably without your knowledge to advertising and web analytics sites.

Third-party outfits that track website performance are a standard part of e-commerce. HealthCare.gov’s privacy policy says in boldface that “no personally identifiable information is collected” by these web measurement tools.

Country: Global

Domains: Privacy

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: health data, third parties, privacy policy, data protection, tracking, privacy

Posted on Tuesday 20 January 2015

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