How many US citizens have heard of MIDAS? Immediately, most think of the king who could turn items to gold when he touched it. However, MIDAS actually is an acronym for the Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System — the federal healthcare.gov central repository that stores the data of Obamacare enrollees “forever.” Yes, that is correct. The data US citizens send to the government goes into that central depository to be stored forever. Some experts are concerned about MIDAS after the security breach last month resulting in the theft of personal data of taxpayers. Another disturbing fact is officials will not say how many individuals have direct access to the database.
According to Americans for Tax Reform:
The decision to keep personal information of enrollees forever has raised the ire of experts. Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, stated that it is irresponsible of the government to retain data any longer than is necessary. Similarly, Michael Astrue, a former Social Security Commissioner, has argued that there is no justification for keeping this data permanently. In addition, he worries that the federal government is illegally expanding MIDAS by adding personal information from state-run Obamacare exchanges without proper privacy consent.
The National Archives recommends a ten-year retention period for this data but the government has not decided on a final period.
What type of information is MIDAS perpetually storing?
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