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Could the Obamacare website violate users' privacy?

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 4, 2013

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An October 24 U.S. House of Representatives hearing on HealthCare.gov sparked a debate over whether the Obamacare website violates users’ privacy, International Business Times has reported. During the hearing, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said a source code in the Obamacare website states that users have “no reasonable expectation of privacy about communication or data stored on the system,” the online newspaper reported. However, users of the website cannot view this portion of the source code. Barton alleged that the website violates HIPAA, according to the article.

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., said during the hearing that HealthCare.gov does not violate HIPAA because the only medical information users enter when using the site is whether they are smokers, International Business Times reported.

This article originally appeared on HCPro’s HIPAA Update blog. Stay up to date on all things HIPAA by signing up for e-mail updates from this blog.



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