Source Code Shenanigans

If there weren’t many other good reasons to hate ObamaCare aka the Affordable Care Act, here’s one more.

This National Review article by Andrew Johnson reports that HIDDEN in the source code on the “Terms and Conditions” page there is a warning stating that users should have “no reasonable expectation of privacy”

This is what the hidden statement says:

You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.  At any time, and for any lawful Government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.  Any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system may be disclosed or used for any lawful Government purpose.

Seriously?

I am supposed to input all of my personal information including some of my medical history, then sign off on that?

Oh HELL no!

I am not naïve enough to think that the government doesn’t know anything about me.

I am well aware of the NSA and Information gathering efforts by other agencies.

But, I’m sure not going to GIVE them anything!

For those of you who are unclear as to how that statement could be hidden on a public web page, here’s a little primer:

A web page is basically a document written in code that tells your computer how to display the content on the page when you click on the link.

Not all of the coded information is viewable to the end user because it’s just stuff the computer needs to know in order to load the page correctly.

Like which font to use, or the background color. The basic structure is like this:

BEGINNING

HEAD

BODY

END

The BEGINNING and HEAD is where most of the info your computer needs to load the page correctly resides.

The BODY is where the content you see resides

There are special tags which can make things like text invisible to the end user in the BODY

This is done mostly so the folks who write the code can add their copyright info or with instructions to other coders for implementation.

I have written a little page to illustrate better how it works

EXAMPLE PAGE

What is important for you to know in the long run is that whether the entire page is visible to you or not it is a LEGAL DOCUMENT, which is Legal and Binding the second you click that “I Accept” Button.

Personally, I am not going to sign up for this thing.

I am not telling you not to, but think about it.

Shirley

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