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Obamacare navigator can email your confidential information to his home computer ^ | December 19, 2013 | Chris Butler

Posted on 12/19/2013 3:10:19 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Suppose an Obamacare navigator in Tennessee gathered all your confidential information and emailed it to his or her home computer — and then claimed he did it only because he wanted to work from home.

Would you go along with that story?

Conceivably, that Obamacare navigator could have used that information for any number of criminal activities, including selling your Social Security information to others.

While there are no known instances of it happening thus far, the scenario isn’t as far-fetched as you might think — considering what happened in Nashville this week.

A former Tennessee Department of Treasury employee allegedly sent an email to his home computer containing the private information of 6,300 active Metro Nashville teachers, state officials said.

Steven Hunter emailed the information to a computer that was unencrypted, said Treasury spokesman Blake Fontenay.

“All indications are that he sent the information to his personal email to work on a computer at home,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm told Tennessee Watchdog on Wednesday.

“From the forensic analysis of that computer by TBI agents, the information does not appear to have been disseminated. At this time, the TBI’s investigation is still open and will be turned over to the District Attorney General for review when completed to determine how to proceed.”

State officials explicitly trained Hunter not to do that, Fontenay said.

The Treasury first employed Hunter in July, but he resigned last week, Fontenay said.

“Mr. Hunter’s background check came back clean,” Fontenay said.

In an email, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Fabien Levy would not say whether the federal government requires a criminal background check of Obamacare navigators.

“All navigators must complete a minimum of 20 hours of training and comply with privacy and security standards,” Levy said.

“We take any alleged impropriety seriously and take immediate action in cases where navigators have failed to live up to their responsibilities.”

According to DHS guidelines, states are permitted to adopt state-specific standards for navigators.

Tennessee’s Department of Commerce and Insurance registers navigators and certified application counselors and conducts background checks, said TDCI spokeswoman Kate Abernathy.

Seedco spokesman Brian Robinson said in an email his organization performs background checks on its navigators.

As Tennessee Watchdog has previously reported, the federal government awarded Seedco a $1.2 million contract to sign people up for Obamacare in the state.

Certain Memphis residents participating in Temporary Assistance For Needy Families falsified paperwork and wrongly received almost $30,000 in taxpayer money through a Seedco subcontractor.

According to the New York Post, the federal government sued Seedco for faking at least 1,400 of 6,500 job placements under a $22.2 million federally funded contract with New York City.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: crime; navigators; obamacare; tennessee
Naw, the background checks on those thousands of navigators would've weeded out all the criminals, right?
1 posted on 12/19/2013 3:10:19 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is a virtual certainty that the federal government won’t prosecute crimes by these people of that nature.

Individual states should beef up their identity theft laws to include extremely harsh penalties for this crime, and to prosecute these Navigators, if caught, and imprison them.

2 posted on 12/19/2013 3:14:48 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And what could possibly go wrong with that? /s

3 posted on 12/19/2013 3:15:08 AM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The governmnt is incapable of safeguarding information. One would think the NSA should be secure. It’s not. So imagine what the less secure agencies are like.

4 posted on 12/19/2013 3:23:35 AM PST by No One Special
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

With this administration encouraging federal workers to “telework”(work from home) I can very easily see this happening with Obamacare “navigators”.

5 posted on 12/19/2013 3:36:11 AM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Sure. You'll be safe."

6 posted on 12/19/2013 4:12:29 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually, anyone in any agency or corporation can email private information or put it on a jump drive.

Just do a screen shot, make a BMP out of it, and bingo! Or if they are afraid of keystroke tracking, then just use a camera to take a pic of the computer screen.

Point is, no ones private information is secure.

But regarding the article, the navigators are more apt to do this considering many are just marxist scum.

7 posted on 12/19/2013 4:27:02 AM PST by redfreedom (All it takes for evil to win is for good people to do nothing - that's how the left took over.)
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Systems can be put in place to prevent data from being put on a “jump drive” .... or to email such activity to a security administrator. They are pretty common.

8 posted on 12/19/2013 4:32:50 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I consider this obamacare thing to be the worst crime perpetrated on the american people by their government since we became a nation. I will not participate. This is my red line. If I die, so be it. If I lose my comfort, so be it. But Beginning in January, I will never again have health insurance.

I’m 60.

9 posted on 12/19/2013 5:19:18 AM PST by cuban leaf
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