The Big Think

January 23, 2015

Trust Us

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 10:11 am

America’s healthcare portal is sharing your personal data with ad agencies:

“A report by the AP has revealed that Healthcare.gov, the Government’s affordable care portal, shares some of your personal data with a whole raft of marketing agencies. The action has been independently verified by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has found that a person’s location, annual income and smoking habits are all being freely distributed.

The foundation has also discovered that enabling Do Not Track doesn’t protect users against the surveillance, since the data is being shared in the site’s referrer header. In essence, the referrer header is a fundamental part of how the internet works, and can’t be anonymized.”

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