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See what HealthCare.gov collects from "visitors"

Types of information we collect

When you browse through any website, certain information about your visit can be collected. We automatically collect and temporarily store the following types of information about your visit:

Domain from which you access the Internet
IP address (an IP or internet protocol address is a number that is automatically given to a computer connected to the Web)
Operating system on your computer and information about the browser you used when visiting the site
Date and time of your visit
Pages you visited
Address of the website that connected you to HealthCare.gov (such as google.com or bing.com)

We use this information to measure the number of visitors to our site and its various sections and to help make our site more useful to visitors.

https://www.healthcare.gov/privacy/



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Big deal. Look up Apache

Big deal. Look up Apache access logs. Every web site collects that kind of information. EVERY web site.

Actually, every server does this

I'm pretty sure all servers collect this same information. Mine does, I have found some very interesting hits from my Raw Access logs. The FBI tells on themselves in their hits to my access logs. This is where the integrity of webmasters comes in. It is truly honorable that so many get information that they vow to keep to themselves for the privacy of their users. It is incredible how honorable it has been over all these years! It displays true occupational professionalism! One of the few occupations left that can claim this type of integrity.

Here is a hit in my logs where someone tried to hack into my Admin panel (dashboard) this morning,lol:

110.85.68.165 -/dashboard/entry/signin-10/2/13 10:25 AM-5374-http://libertyauthors.com/dashboard/entry/signin Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:17.0) Gecko/17.0 Firefox/17

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Is there a way to browse the site anonymously?

I know you can go through proxies and such, but I wasn't sure if Chrome's Incognito window or some other option might be feasible.

Incognito won't help with that

The info listed there is just what pretty much every site you ever visit will collect.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_log

But if you want to keep the government from knowing that you browsed healthcare.gov, you'll have to use some kind of proxy, or go use a computer at the library or something. Incognito mode, or private browsing on other browsers, only changes what your browser remembers, not what servers do.

Someone mentioned start page. If you trust them, and find a search term that turns up the page you want, and use the ixquick proxy link, then that's potentially an easy way to view the site through a proxy.

If you have a laptop, and reset your browser (clear cookies and everything else) before you leave home, then go to a Starbucks or someplace with wifi to browser healthcare.org, that would be nearly as good. Clearing cookies first means that the browser doesn't have any cookies that could identify you that the server could request. There's approximately zero chance of healthcare.gov doing that, but then there's approximately zero chance that they'd care that you browsed the site.

Note that your laptop (or an ipad, etc) has a unique identifier for the hardware itself. But allegedly there's no way for a server to request that identifier, or at least no way to do it without you knowing. In fact it's extremely unlikely that they can get that identifier via a browser but if they could then even proxies don't help you.

Start page is a worth a shot.

Start page is a worth a shot.