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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 SiliconDoc on 8/13/2009 12:23:18 PM , Rating: 3
US Constitution, Amendment X: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
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In other words, the States and the people are the entities that should be in charge of and working out all these newly absconded with FEDERAL powers - such as "healthcare" - that now somehow the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT claims the US Constitution gave it a right to administer.
Same on these endless .gov websites - that are often another States and we the people power that the FEDDIES already STOLE by corrupt US Congressional legislation, and now have to have some gigantic nationwide .gov clearinghouse website to "distribute" by "tracking".
lol
What a gigantic tangled web the feds have weaved, when they have taken over what we have recieved.
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The States - all 50 of them now, implementing their own 50 various "experiments" for we the people, wound up having the smart States copy the winning program - and the people able to flee to a State where they liked the implementation of governance.
With the FEDERAL GOV running anything, there are no longer 49 other choices to flee to, nor refinement and correction of "bad policies" over 50 experimental areas.
People seem to forget that as well.
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Welcome to your one Federal Government only "order", with no place to run to and no place to hide.


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