A recent article in Law360 discusses how “technical problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance marketplace could expose vast amounts of personal data to theft….” I noted in that article that while these concerns were valid, they are simply expanded versions of existing exposures in payor databases:
“Will breaches and improper disclosures happen as part of the new federal and state exchanges? I wouldn’t bet against it,” said Foley Hoag LLP privacy and data security practice co-chair Colin Zick. “But it’s not a new world — just an expansion of the existing one.”
So far, the simple access issues have swamped the security concerns. Expect the security concerns to come back as more users can access the heathcare.gov site.