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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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By Steve1981 on 8/12/2009 5:03:35 PM , Rating: 2

Government is simply the system by which people establish and maintain the framework for which societies function. The only real common thread they tend to share is some semblance of law and order, common defense, and establishing infrastructure. It is inherently social , but not necessarily socialist.

By Steve1981 on 8/12/2009 5:04:39 PM , Rating: 2
Should have proof read that a bit better, but ohh well.

By GaryJohnson on 8/12/2009 8:32:03 PM , Rating: 2
establishing infrastructure

That's the part that's under dispute. It is that part which is being labeled by some indviduals through some arbitrary means socialism.

By Steve1981 on 8/12/2009 9:20:39 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't seen too many people complaining that governments provide and maintain roadways and calling that socialism... There are certainly disputes about the quality of roads, bridges to nowhere, etc, but I haven't seen too many people that disagree with the assertion that infrastructure is essential to the flow of goods that takes place within a society, and as such is a valid job for government to deal with. Perhaps a truly hardcore libertarian?

That said, things like taking over GM and the bank bailout reek of socialism.

By SiliconDoc on 8/13/2009 10:00:45 AM , Rating: 2
Once the government takes it over, it's not only socialism, but TYRANNY - as their is no higher authority, and no other competitive choice to go to - to flee to - to use, otherwise.
Once the government takes it over, you are at THEIR MERCY, period.
Quite untrue when the same things exist outside the government dictat in the "private sector". Then one can DUMP the losers, and get another "brand" or similiar service from someone else who listens and responds - or even CREATE their own.
No, once the government has it - socialism or otherwise, it is TYRANNICAL MONOPOLY, and good luck "changing it", "dumping it", opting out of it, not paying for it, not participating in it, and not "GOING TO JAIL OR PRISON IF YOU DON'T!"
Something to perhaps keep in mind as our USofA delves ever further into the government owning and controlling the ENTIRE economy - all for "our good", of course.
Anyone here able to honestly claim they don't have 50% or more of it already, or convince anyone they aren't after a larger and larger chunk every single day of every year ?
Has been that way my entire life - and it appears to be accellerating.

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