An employee of MNsure, Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, accidentally sent an unencrypted file to a nearby insurance agent, leaving vulnerable the private information of 2,400 customers, the Daily Caller first reported.
One exchange staffer’s mistake gave insurance broker Jim Koester access to an Excel document of 2,400 Social Security numbers, names and addresses of insurance agents, the report said.
“The more I thought about it, the more troubled I was,” Koester told the Minnesota Star Tribune. “What if this had fallen into the wrong hands? It’s scary. If this is happening now, how can clients of MNsure be confident their date is safe?”
MNsure officials called Koester to ensure the insurance company deleted the information from its hard drives.
“The gorilla in the room is that they sent me something that’s not even encrypted. It’s unsecured, on an Excel spreadsheet,” Koester added. “They’ve got to realize they have a huge problem.”
Lawmakers are worried about privacy for Obamacare’s Federal Services Data Hub, “which will centralize and route private information of every Obamacare participant through an endless list of federal and state agencies and related businesses,” the Daily Caller reported.
Program “navigators,” who will only receive 20 hours of training, will also have access to consumer data.
“It takes 1,250 hours to become a barber in Pennsylvania, but to navigate insurance, these folks are going to be advising us with 20 hours?” said Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry.