ACLU up in Arms About Proposed Change in Government 'Cookie Policy'

Lora Bentley

The American Civil Liberties Union is concerned about a coming change in the federal government's "cookie" policy, according to Network World. The nation's new CIO, Vivek Kundra, and the White House Office of Management and Budget's Michael Fitzpatrick proposed a broader use of Web cookies on government Web sites, the story says.

 

The officials argue that more cookies will allow a more open government because it will allow easier interchange and interoperability between government agencies. Not surprisingly, the ACLU is concerned that such broader use of cookies, which can be used to track Web activity and link it back to particular users, will put the Internet privacy of citizens at risk.

 

I haven't had a chance to look into it yet, but this is certainly something to keep an eye on and pick a few brains about.



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