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Government could reap a wealth of information from its citizens

Every day millions across the country navigate to government webpages, to read pertinent information. Since 2000 that access has been safeguarded, thanks to a prohibition on government websites using cookies or other tracking technology to track users.  Agency exceptions could only be granted under cases of "compelling need".

Now the Obama administration is looking to overturn that prohibition and potentially begin harvesting a wealth of data on its citizen's activities.  Under the plan, the prohibition would be replaced with a set of privacy provisions.  Aides say that it would increase government transparency and "increase public involvement".

The measure, though, has many opponents.  The American Civil Liberties Union spokesman Michael Macleod-Ball commented that the measure would "allow the mass collection of personal information of every user of a federal government website."

Other opponents dislike that the government may be looking to revoke the protections at the request of search-engine giant Google and other parties.  The Electronic Privacy Information Center and Electronic Frontier Foundation, both of which oppose the measure, pointed to a February 19 contract with Google and an unnamed federal agency over an exemption to use the YouTube player.

EPIC retrieved the proposed changes, negotiated by the General Services Administration, through a Freedom of Information Act request and says they "expressly waive those rules or guidelines as they may apply to Google."  States EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg, "Our primary concern is that the GSA has failed to protect the privacy rights of U.S. citizens.  The expectation is they should be complying with the government regulations, not that the government should change its regulations to accommodate these companies."

Currently, government content is banned from having tracking cookies, but third-party content, such as YouTube videos on federal websites may have tracking cookies.  Google spokeswoman Christine Chen declined to discuss the new rules, but thanked the government for its use of YouTube, stating, "[The use of YouTube] is just one example of how government and citizens communicate more effectively online, and we are proud of having worked closely with the White House to provide privacy protections for users."

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RE: Showing their true colors
By Iaiken on 8/12/2009 3:24:46 PM , Rating: 4

RE: Showing their true colors
By jadeskye on 8/12/2009 3:36:09 PM , Rating: 5
Smells a bit like 1984 doesn't it?

RE: Showing their true colors
By TSS on 8/13/2009 4:46:55 AM , Rating: 2
Except i'm willing to bet this has been going on longer then 1984 :p

RE: Showing their true colors
By spartan014 on 8/13/2009 7:15:41 AM , Rating: 5
Nite Owl: But the country's disintegrating. What's happened to America? What's happened to the American dream?

The Comedian: It came true. You're lookin' at it. Now c'mon... let's really put these jokers through some changes.

RE: Showing their true colors
By gescom on 8/14/2009 8:18:19 AM , Rating: 2
Nite Owl: But the country's disintegrating. What's happened to America? What's happened to the American dream?

American dream? American capitalistic research & development dream?

Bernard Madoff happened, that's what's happened :) (not to mention many...). Good luck!

RE: Showing their true colors
By SiliconDoc on 8/13/2009 1:19:01 PM , Rating: 3
" The episode recalls a dispute in January when critics complained that a redesigned White House Web site featured embedded Google YouTube videos -- depicting events such as the president's weekly address -- that used tracking cookies. The White House and Google later reassured users that they had stopped collecting data. "
hat tip to TheEinstein below
So what we have here is a government that will DO IT BEHIND OUR BACKS until they publicly get BUSTED, then " claim they stopped their misbehavior ".
Then they will cite an endless list of "an open public comment period" and "pride in how they worked to rpotect citizens" - and on and on and on and on... AFTER THEY GET BUSTED WITH THEIR DIRTY CRIMINAL RED HANDS COVERED IN BLOOD, AND CLAIM THEY HAVE IMMMEDIATELY STOPPED THEIR NAUGHTY BEHAVIOR !
roflmao - it's sooooooo pathetic !
BUSTED ! > " The terms of the contract, negotiated through the General Services Administration, "expressly waives those rules or guidelines as they may apply to Google." The contract was obtained by EPIC through a Freedom of Information Act request. "
BUSTED ! note above some watchdog had to request a FIOA and we all know that takes months and months, in the mean time the data collection was ongoing...
here, enjoy the quotes of the very perps who were caught red handed and told us all they stopped collecting data...
" Google spokeswoman Christine Chen directed broader questions to the government, but said in a statement that the White House use of YouTube "is just one example of how government and citizens communicate more effectively online, and we are proud of having worked closely with the White House to provide privacy protections for users."
ROFLMAO > " GSA and White House officials would not answer questions, releasing only a statement by OMB spokesman Kenneth Baer that said the administration is committed to protecting users' privacy. "That is why when we asked for public comment on a new cookie policy, we specifically identified privacy considerations as a main area of focus," Baer wrote. "
Ahh, yes the kind and loving government gave the public a chance to comment - but wether that was before or after THE BIG FIOA BUST, who knows and who cares...
The government goes about it's evil changing deeds in the dark and in secret, and only when some freedom fighting watchdog digs through the red tape and yanks the truth out into the light with a 6 months or more extended long waiting FIOA request, does "the government" (and google) say " OH ! YOU CAUGHT US! GOLLY, WE WILL IMMEDIATELY STOP COLLECTING DATA ! WE WE'RE SO WRONG, SO NAUGHTY, WE WON'T DO THAT AGAIN ! "
---- they are most likely doing it right now, anyway, with another law slapped onto some gigantic 10,000 page omnibus bill that excuses them entirely from "the old rules", and in another 6 months some FIOA request will perhaps with luck dig out the "new workaround method" which no doubt is " the compelling exception clause" the article cited points out.

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