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Think NSA Spying Is Bad? It is a Matter of Trust

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Not to worry, says the Obama administration. “The (Obamacare) hub will not store consumer information, but will securely transmit data between state and federal systems to verify consumer application information,” it claimed in an online fact sheet .

But a regulatory notice filed by the administration in February tells a different story.

That filing describes a new “system of records” that will store names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, taxpayer status, gender, ethnicity, email addresses, telephone numbers on the millions of people expected to apply for coverage at the ObamaCare exchanges, as well as “tax return information from the IRS, income information from the Social Security Administration, and financial information from other third-party sources.”

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The revelations regarding both the NSA and the IRS data surveillance programs have to give one pause. Aside from the political issues the various factions will attempt to spin, the question now is; do you really want to entrust your most personal medical information to a big government data bank?

This is real world example of the theoretical question I have been asking, who owns the data?

I have been a big fan of the concept of a universal medical dental record or data base that could, in theory, be used to improve care and advance our understanding of the human condition. I have disregarded security and privacy concerns as backwards thinking parinoia. Now I am not so sure.

If the government can spy on anyone they wish by gathering data as the NSA has been doing and if they cannot keep it secret, which obviously they can’t and if they will use it for poiltical advantage as they evidently have done, there is no reason to believe that your sensitive medial information will remain confidential.

Last fall I posed this question to random people I know. Would you be OK with the government collecting all your medical data and allowing it to be accessed by researchers and others if it could result in a better understanding of the human condition? Which could in turn lead to improved medical and dental treatments?

One person, who works in the dental tech industry, said, “Sure,”

A second person, who works for the federal government, said, “No, I don’t trust them.”

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