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John Fund: Gov't Needs 'Clear Guidelines' on Security Breaches

By Wanda Carruthers   |   Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 10:57 AM

Despite pleas from security experts, the federal government declared itself exempt from reporting security breaches on the Obamacare website, National Review Online columnist John Fund said Thursday.

"It declared itself exempt, even though it was begged by security experts, 'Please, alert people if there is a security breach,'" Fund said on "Fox & Friends."

Unlike recent security breaches affecting 40 million customers at Target, Fund said the federal government is not required by law to report security breaches. That leaves the public uncertain about the security of the personal information they share when signing up for Obamacare.

"We don't know right now, except, if we believe the government, that there are any security breaches. Because, legally, they can say, 'Well, it wasn't really a security breach. It was something else,'" he said.



Prior to the Obamacare launch, Fund said officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would not sign off on the security of the website. He said a political appointee at CMS was the one "who actually had to sign the authorization to launch it."

Fund noted that a bill to address the problem has been introduced by Tennessee Republican Rep. Diane Black. He said it would "force the government to stop this ridiculous posture."

"We need clear guidelines. And, not because we don't trust the people in government, but because we want complete transparency. Just like Target had to tell its customers what happened, so, too, should the government," he said.

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