Is Your Data Safe at Healthcare.gov? – NYTimes.com

a company could connect Healthcare.gov data with users’ real identities: “Google, thanks to real name policies, certainly has information uniquely identifying someone using Google services. If a real identity is linked to the information received from Healthcare.gov it would be a massive violation of privacy for users of the site.”

“I think people should be concerned, because there’s a lot of sensitive data flowing back and forth” on Healthcare.gov, said Frank Pasquale, a law professor and the author of “The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information.” Even if the data provided to private companies is anonymized, he added, we shouldn’t necessarily be reassured: “There’s a big literature out there on broken promises of anonymization, of efforts where users were assured that the information was anonymized, but it wasn’t really anonymized well.”

via Is Your Data Safe at Healthcare.gov? – NYTimes.com.

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