In the last year, we have had some very scary things revealed to us about our government. We are having every cell phone tapped by NSA. We are being watched by drones. International calls monitored. Now, when we go to the government health care site, to sign up for insurance most of us do not want, they are gleaning information about us.
Now I am not going to tell you that I am shocked that this is happening. It seems only natural that our nanny state would seek to gain info from us while on their website. It may be something that does not bother you, and if that is the case, jolly of you. But for me, it makes it all the worse that they are cramming this down our throats.
Fox reported today that, “The data firms have embedded connections on the government site. Ever-evolving technology allows for individual Internet users to be tracked, building profiles that are a vital tool for advertisers.”
This will better allow the ad junkies to hit you with the things, of which they already know you are interested. This will enable them to better advertise and sell to you. They gather such information as, your age, income, ZIP code, whether you smoke or if you are pregnant.
And there is the issue of the number of third-party firms which has raise some concerns, such as those expressed by Theresa Payton. She told Fox: “As I look at vendors on a website…they could be another potential point of failure,” Payton continued. “Vendor management can often be the weakest link in your privacy and security chain.”
Aaron Albright, the Medicare Spokesman, tells us that these concerns are unwarranted. These companies “are prohibited from using information from these tools on HealthCare.gov for their companies’ purposes.” Even though the government has not told us how this misuse would be detected or is even monitored.
Catchpoint Systems, an internet security company, discovered at least 50 third-party companies on healthcare.gov. Catchpoint’s CEO Mehdi Daoudi, said, “Personally, I look at this, and I am on a government website, and I don’t know what is going on between the government and Facebook, and Google and Twitter. Why is that there?”
There is also this that we need to consider. Though these third-party companies cannot see your name or social, they can identify your computer. Your computer his like a signature. Every time you visit a website or do a search, it recognizes that computer. Then your health information and any of your searches can be connected to you. This could lead to the compiling of information concerning your searches and your healthcare login.
With this many third-party companies, it seems almost impossible that there would not be a leak of information. It also seems unlikely that with our ever growing, ever controlling government that they will not misuse this collected information.