Facebook knows who your friends are. Soon it could know about your health
Fri 3 Oct 2014, 18:40

The company is exploring creating online “support communities” that would connect Facebook users suffering from various ailments. A small team is also considering new “preventative care” applications that would help people improve their lifestyles.

US government healthcare website passes personal data to outside firms
Tue 20 Jan 2015, 21:00

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.