Enormous amounts of data are orbiting the the universe ready to be annihilated or swept into unknown hands.
Ducknet, published by Barbara Duck,, a well known algorithm pundit warns us,
"There are a number of 3rd parties connected to the website (Health.gov) and they can mine and secure data just like any other website. The data once secured can be queried and re-matched and sold. This is a huge oversight from the government. Here's a clip from one of the number of articles on the web on this topic... , MORE......
"It works like this: When you apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, dozens of data companies may be able to tell that you are on the site. Some can even glean details such as your age, income, ZIP code, whether you smoke or if you are pregnant.
HealthCare.gov contains embedded connections to multiple data firms that the administration says generate analysis to improve the consumer experience. Officials say outside firms are barred from using the data to further their own business interests."
Do we know if these 3rd parties sell this information, of course not. Breaking the law today with computerized algorithms is an area where law enforcement has been very weak as so many don't understand it. Would it benefit HHS to know the license numbers (if this was in place) of those who sell data and connect to the Healthcare.Gov site? You bet it would.