The Obama Administration has said that it will not publicly disclose federal records that would reveal information on the security of the government’s healthcare website because doing so could allow hackers to break in. CMS has denied a request by The Associated Press (AP) under the Freedom of Information Act for documents about the kinds of security software and computer systems behind HealthCare.gov. Last year, the AP requested the records amid concerns that Republicans raised about the security of the website.
Medicare told the AP that disclosing information could violate health-privacy laws because it might give hackers enough information to break into the service. The AP is asking CMS to reconsider, since President Obama instructed federal agencies in 2009 to not keep information confidential “merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.”
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