Protecting your personal information on government websites

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama asked Congress for more protections from a cyber attacks for American families, businesses, and the government.

That request comes as some critics of the federal insurance site Healthcare.gov claim that third party data companies can see what you are doing on the site.

22News asked representatives for the Massachusetts Health Connector site if the same was true for your information there. Jason Lefferts, spokesperson for the site, said that when you fill out an application, your information is seen for verification by both the IRS and Social Security offices on the federal level.

He said your information is also sent to the credit company Experian for a brief identity proofing.

“That’s something in place to make sure that if you’re sitting down at the computer, we can verify that it’s you and it’s not someone else trying to use your identity to get health insurance,” Lefferts told 22News.

Health Connector representatives also said that the cyber security protections they use are federally-approved.

If you need help using the website, or have questions you can call their service center at the number there on your screen, 1-877- MA-ENROLL.

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