Cramer: House Passes Obamacare Personal Data Security Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to notify individuals in the event their personal information stored in the Obamacare exchange is stolen or unlawfully accessed. The Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act requires such notification to occur no later than two business days after discovery by the HHS Secretary. 224 Republicans and 67 Democrats voted for its passage.
Congressional oversight of the Obamacare website has revealed serious security issues putting the personal data of those enrolling in the exchange at risk. At a hearing of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, of which Congressman Cramer is a member, cyber security experts conducted a real-time demonstration uncovering ongoing attempts by hackers to breach the website. The experts unanimously agreed they would not advise any American to enter their personally identifiable information to the Healthcare.gov website until the security flaws can be addressed.
“Americans are more concerned than ever about the security of their personal data. Should the Obamacare website be compromised, it is imperative the federal government inform private citizens of the breach as soon as possible. While I still have concerns about the security of the website itself, this notification requirement is a small and important step toward giving peace of mind to the general public,” said Cramer.