More privacy protection sought for feds' health care website

Jan 24, 2015 11:39 AM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - Privacy advocates say the Obama administration needs to make more changes to protect consumer privacy on the government's health insurance website.

The administration reversed course Friday and scaled back the release of personal information from, after The Associated Press reported that such details as consumers' income and tobacco use were going to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.

The episode could become a blemish on what's otherwise shaping up as a successful open enrollment season for the second year of expanded coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Lawmakers continue to insist on a full explanation.

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