CMS rejects AP request for security info

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has rejected an Associated Press Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on the security procedures that protect ObamaCare’s website.

The AP asked for details about’s security software, and computer systems used on the federal health exchange.

The newswire says that even though CMS had previously said it would not withhold the information, it turned down the request on Tuesday, arguing any information published could be used by hackers to break into the system.

The AP argues that CMS should reconsider given President Obama’s call for agencies not to keep information from the media just because it might embarrass public officials or highlight errors.

It also suggested parts of the procedures could be released without helping hackers gain confidential information.

Republican lawmakers raised concerns the site could be hacked to steal people’s identities after last year’s launch of ObamaCare. That led the AP to file an FOIA request on what precautions the government has taken.