Facts on How Personal Data is Shared and Stored on HealthCare.Gov
- Your information is stored under and safeguarded in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. Section 552a).
- There have been no major reported security issues with the site.
- All HealthCare.Gov uses of Web-based technologies that comply with existing privacy and data safeguarding policies and standards
- You don’t have to give HealthCare.Gov personal information.
- Almost every website including HealthCare.Gov collects at least basic non-personally identifiable information from it’s users using web metrics tools such as Google Analytics. That information is:
- Domain from which you access the Internet
- IP address (an IP or internet protocol address is a number that is automatically given to a computer connected to the Web)
- Operating system on your computer and information about the browser you used when visiting the site
- Date and time of your visit
- Pages you visited
- Address of the website that connected you to HealthCare.gov (such as google.com or bing.com)
- Like other websites HealthCare.Gov also shares “cookie” data with third parities, but doesn’t share personally identifiable information with third parities. You can disable cookies or opt-out of cookies.
- HealthCare.Gov shares data to accomplish it’s mission and goals, not for commercial marketing.
- According to the Associated Press non-personally identifiable can also include: age, income, ZIP code, whether a person smokes, and if a person is pregnant. Things you may have entered into a form that were associated with your IP address.
- Third parities include things like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Bing, Google. Third parities can use “remarketing” of that non-identifying information to show you relevant advertising .
- The plus side of sharing this data is remarketing is the only way to prevent seeing that totally irrelevant commercials when you browse the web and watch Youtube.
- The con of sharing of non-identifying information is that enough pieces of non-identifying data can be put together to potentially identify a person.
- Personally identifiable information is shared with your Health Insurer, the IRS for purposes of filing your 1095-A form, and in other ways you would expect.
- Beyond the website, the Affordable Care Act actually builds upon HIPPA including new rules for health plan transactions and fund transfers.