Uproar Over Privacy Concerns Spurs White House to Change Course
Last week the Associated Press revealed that the Obama administration is allowing e-commerce companies to collect private information from people using Healthcare.gov – the government website connecting citizens in 34 states to ObamaCare-compliant insurance plans.
The data points retrieved include ZIP code, age, income, pregnancy status and tobacco use.
Now, the website has reduced the amount of information it is sending, but privacy advocates say more needs to be done.
A tech expert with the Electronic Frontier Foundation says the Obama administration’s website should not allow third-party tracking services to capture the information received from visitors who enable the “do not track” feature on their browsers.
Better yet, the government should get out of the business…[more]
President Barack Obama and his allies like to say he’s issued far fewer executive orders than his predecessors, giving the false impression that his unilateral actions can be compared on the same terms.
“The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years,” Obama said in Texas last summer. “So it’s not clear how that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did.”
Around the same time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid…
"President Obama delivered his penultimate State of the Union with renewed confidence, eager to take credit for the economy's recent growth spurt. He offered few olive branches to Republicans for their landslide victory two months earlier; articulated a panoply of liberal proposals that stand little chance of passing through Congress; and took the rosiest possible view of the economy and international…[more]
—Josh Kraushaar, National Journal Political Editor
— Josh Kraushaar, National Journal Political Editor