The company hired to develop the now infamous Obamacare website CGI Inc, has taken a lot of heat for a clause in their source code that claims any information that is entered on the website is not private. This has obviously caused a stir-up in Congress and several Congressmen have spoken up.
According to cnsnews.com, Republican Joe Barton says that this clause was a violation of the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act or HIPAA that states any medical and health information of U.S. citizens is private under HIPAA. Barton sounded off on Cheryl Campbell, SVP of CGI and it was ugly. He put her on the spotlight as she stumbled over her words trying to construct a valid response.
Democrat Frank Pallone objected saying that the information required to sign up for Obamacare does not include health or medical data. Pallone claimed that this was just another stunt by Republicans to discourage people that were planning on signing up for Obamacare.
Many web developers are criticizing CGI being that they were paid a large amount of money to develop a flawed site and perhaps an illegal site. Either way this provision, (hidden from applicants by the way) does not give privacy to the applicant’s information. It’s important for web developers to remember all U.S. laws when developing any website (especially one designed for the United States Government). Having a lead developer with the tools to recognize all aspects of the project is key in any web development process. Whether you agree with Barton or Pallone, many of us are left wondering what else is hidden in the source code on some of your favorite websites. Be sure to choose carefully when you hire a web development firm.
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