The opioid epidemic has spurredthis latest twist on data collection and sales, with providerstrying to judge how much and how long a patient may safely takeopioids. (Image: Shutterstock)

As if you didn't already share enough (maybe too much?) onFacebook and Twitter, a lot of personal data that you didn't evenknow existed is being shared online—records such as insurance claims,digital health records, housing records and all the things yourfriends and acquaintances have to say about you. And lest you thinkotherwise, the market for this data is huge.

According to a Politico report, companies are cashing in onAmericans' health care data. Not only are theynot asking consumers'permission, many don't even know about it.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.