Identity Theft has been the largest consumer crime reported to the Federal Trade Commission for the last twelve years. Last year more than 12 million people in the U.S. were victims of identity theft. I would like to ask you an important question and refer you to a post that addresses the question…
How Safe Is Your Personal Data When Applying For Obamacare?
To severely complicate the situation of millions of Americans receiving cancellation letters of their insurance policies from the insurance companies, they are forced to go to the Healthcare.gov website to look at options as to how to replace their insurance policies. By law, individuals are being forced to access this government website and enter their personal information. Unfortunately, many reports are that when anyone accesses the Healthcare.com website, it places their personal identity at major risk. Many legislators are questioning as to whether the government is acting responsibly by allowing this website to be running and active and to employ navigators who have not been background cleared to handle your personal data. Here are some of the news items that are emerging that inform us of the critical issue of thousands or even millions of people’s personal data being placed at extreme risk.
These articles are particularly disturbing.
By Joe Johns, CNN updated 5:33 PM EDT, Wed October 30, 2013
Washington (CNN) — An internal government memo written just days before the start of open enrollment for Obamacare warned of a “high” security risk because of a lack of testing of the HealthCare.gov website.
Related: Administration warned about site a month before launch
“Due to system readiness issues, the SCA (security control assessment) was only partly completed,” said the internal memo from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “This constitutes a risk that must be accepted and mitigated to support the Marketplace Day 1 operations.”
NEW YORK POST
By S.A. Miller November 6, 2013 | 1:55pm
WASHINGTON – Felons might be collecting your personal information when you sign up for ObamaCare.
That stunning admission came from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a Senate hearing Wednesday, when she acknowledged that the “navigators” who help people enroll in ObamaCare don’t have to pass a criminal background check.
“A convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?” asked Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
THE WEEKLY STANDARD THE BLOG
Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today that Obamacare navigators don’t need to undergo criminal background checks:
“So I want to ask you about the navigators,” said Senator John Cornyn at a hearing today on Capitol Hill. “The president is in Dallas, Texas today, touting the navigator program, which, as you know, are people who are hired to help people navigate the Affordable Care Act. But I would just like to ask you this question, if you would answer it: Isn’t it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check, even though they will receive personal — sensitive personal — information from the individuals they help to sign-up for the Affordable Care Act?”