Hello Obamacare, Goodbye Privacy: First Data Leak Reported and the System Isn’t Even Live Yet
by: Daisy Luther
October 2, 2013
The sanctity of medical privacy and doctor-patient privilege is a thing of the past with Obamacare.
The insurance exchange database hasn’t even gone live yet, and there has been a security breach that left the personal information of 2400 people exposed.
An employee of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, MNsure, sent an unencrypted file to the wrong person and left 2,400 people’s private information at the mercy of a nearby insurance agent.
One exchange staffer’s simple mistake gave insurance broker Jim Koester access to an Excel document of Social Security numbers, names, addresses and other personal data for whole a list of insurance agents. Luckily for the 2,400, Koester was cooperative — and unnerved.
“The more I thought about it, the more troubled I was,” Koester told the Minnesota Star Tribune. “What if this had fallen into the wrong hands? It’s scary. If this is happening now, how can clients of MNsure be confident their data is safe?” (source)