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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 invidious on 8/12/2009 3:54:17 PM , Rating: 2
If it is public, it is public. On or off the internet.

Yes and government website traffic is not public. Your statement is moronic and your shock doesn't justify anything.

Sense you obviously can't figure it out on your own the point of alarm is that this administration is trashing individual liberties. And just because he says that he is doing these things as liberalism doesn't make them any less fascist.

RE: Showing their true colors
By SiliconDoc on 8/13/2009 12:35:02 PM , Rating: 2
But of course that is the trick of national socialists - whatever they do is for the good of all, and so should be endorsed by all, and loved.
Problem is they keep taking more and more, and pretty soon the "liberal loving government" owns, manipulates, or runs EVERYTHING - all for our own good and in the name of "the general welfare", of course.
If it's "all public" as the former poster said, the "government" can do anything it wants with it, acting "in the name of the public" and "for the public" - as the former poster implied.
Take "the public school system" as an example. Property taxes to support it, if you don't pay, the IRS comes by and takes your home away, and throws you in prison. This is "for the public" school system.
Before property taxes widely paid for "social education" - the government had no "property tax on every home" and no reason to come and confiscate homes, and toss people in prison for "not obeying" and being part of the big borg gov collective that is futile to resist.
People need it explained to them before they get it.

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