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U.S. GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO SET PRIVACY EXAMPLE, SAYS SENATOR

Source: Security Wire Digest

Posted on April 19, 2001

      Saying the U.S. federal government should be setting the standard for privacy protection in the Information Age, Senator Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) believes one of the Bush administration's top priorities should be addressing the Clinton administration's failure to make the government comply with its own privacy policy.

      An as-yet incomplete survey conducted by the Office of the Inspector General has found that at least 64 federal sites continue to use "cookies," in direct violation of consumer privacy rules put in place by the Clinton administration last June.

      Despite a ban on using cookies unless an agency could demonstrate a compelling need to gather the data, the departments of Education, Treasury, Energy, Transportation, the Interior and the General Services Administration continue to track the buying and browsing habits of site visitors.

      Other findings include missing or incomplete privacy policies for nearly half of the Department of the Treasury's main Web sites and half the pages for the Department of Education that collect personal information.




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