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]
Three long years ago this week, on August 2, 2010, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced unambiguously in The New York Times, “Welcome to the Recovery.”
That was during the second of the Obama Administration’s so-called “Recovery Summers.” Now into our fifth such summer, Americans still await an actual recovery.
That unfortunate reality was reinforced this week, when the U.S. Commerce Department announced second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth of just 1.7%. That follows first-quarter 2013 growth of just 1.1%, and…
"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