28 August 2009

Now Serving: COOKIES
to the United States Government!

COMPUTER WORLD, New Zealand 29 Aug 2009:
Concerns raised over US government cookie policy change

A blog post signals the potential use of cookie on government websites

By Grant Gross Washington | Tuesday, 11 August, 2009:

"A potential change in the US government's policy that would permit the broad use of web cookies on government sites could "allow the mass collection of personal information," according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)." MORE HERE

Federal Websites: Cookie Policy

Posted by Michael Fitzpatrick and Vivek Kundra

"During the Open Government Initiative outreach, Federal employees and the public have asked us questions about the federal government’s policy on cookies. As part of our effort to create a more open and innovative government, we’re working on a new cookie policy that we’ll want your input on. But before we get into that, let’s provide some context.

"In June 2000, the OMB Director issued a memorandum (M-00-13, later updated by M-03-22)) that prohibited Federal agencies from using certain web-tracking technologies, primarily persistent cookies, due to privacy concerns, unless the agency head approved of these technologies because of a compelling need. That was more than nine years ago. In the ensuing time, cookies have become a staple of most commercial websites with widespread public acceptance of their use. For example, every time you use a “shopping cart” at an online store, or have a website remember customized settings and preferences, cookies are being used.

"This past June, we blogged about ways to enhance citizen participation in government through basic policy changes, including revisions to the current policy on web-tracking technologies. We heard a lot of informal comments on that blog, so we decided to pursue the more formal comment route through the Federal Register. The goal of this review is to develop a new policy that allows the Federal Government to continue to protect the privacy of people who visit Federal websites while, at the same time, making these websites more user-friendly, providing better customer service, and allowing for enhanced web analytics."

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