Privacy Nightmare

ObamaCare’s federal exchange…has to bring together information about you and your family from the Treasury Department and IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, as well as your Social Security number — all coordinated by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Similar information is collected when you apply for a mortgage. But when the constantly updated information is combined in a central data hub, the potential for abuse is staggering. For one thing, the hub will have all the details needed to steal identities and fraudulently access credit.

[T]he federal data will be combined with data streams from state governments. This hub will achieve what has, until now, only appeared in pulp thrillers: a central database linking critical state and federal data on every U.S. citizen for real-time access.

Stephen T. Parente and Paul Howard in USA Today

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  1. Louise says:

    It’s alarming, particularly with recent reports that rogue nations are increasingly turning to cyber attacks on the U.S. as a way of dealing with asymmetric weapons capabilities.

  2. Jordan says:

    They tried similar electronic consolidation programs in the VA. Tens of thousands of identities were stolen because government employees would take home laptops and then leave them in the ball pit of McDonalds, or wherever they get their intellectual stimulation when off the clock.

  3. Mae says:

    Identity theft just add it to the list of problems we already have..

  4. Studebaker says:

    Privacy is already a dying commodity. Between federal regulations, state laws and the Internet, everything about you will be known.

  5. August says:

    Think of all the good it could do! Better targeted welfare is just one of the possibilities.

  6. Thomas says:

    Yeah, with all the technology we depend on nowadays, privacy is almost comical.

  7. Life of Pi says:

    Certainly access to all this “Big Data” is concerning for citizen’s privacy issues. But, really, I am more concerned with the government not having the capability to manage such complex data stream. They are bound to mess up.

  8. seyyed says:

    “According to an April RAND Corporation report, the feds might lose up to $98 billion annually to Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, significant amounts of that related to the theft of personal information from government databases”

    it’s also going to cost the government too

  9. Liberty says:

    Your right, protecting your privacy looks like a thing of the past all over the place. Look at the growing use of such groups like LifeLock and others. It is getting harder to protect yourself from identy theft all alone.

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