O-care data hub: One more system holding your personal identifying info – forever

O-care data hub: One more system holding your personal identifying info – forever

Representative Diane Black (R., Tenn.) is concerned about the possible breaches of privacy caused by Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System (MIDAS), a storage system for Obamacare participant’s personal information.

“We repeatedly warned of privacy concerns under the data hub only to be told by the Administration that this hub would not collect personally identifiable information—instead it would only be used to pass information between the appropriate agencies to verify an Obamacare applicant’s eligibility status. Clearly, the Obama administration did not deliver the whole truth,” Black said in a release.

MIDAS is not included in the Healthcare.gov privacy policy and it was implemented without a privacy assessment, according to Black. MIDAS is said to hold names, financial accounts, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, phone numbers, and passport numbers. [That does sound like “personally identifiable information” to me. – Ed.]

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a 2014 report that without a privacy assessment, “It will be difficult for (the administration) to demonstrate that it has . . . taken steps to ensure that the privacy of that data is protected.”

MIDAS keeps personal information forever. The Federal information hub is set to be “the largest personal information database the government has ever attempted” according to the Wall Street Journal. Healthcare.gov describes MIDAS as a “perpetual central repository.”

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