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Federal agencies are tracking visits to U.S. government Web sites

CNET news has done some innovative investigation of government web sites and reports their findings in a new story. “To detect which agencies engage in electronic tracking, CNET News.com wrote a computer program that connected to every agency listed in the official U.S. Government Manual, and then evaluated what monitoring techniques were used.”

Their findings:

Dozens of federal agencies are tracking visits to U.S. government Web sites in violation of long-standing rules designed to protect online privacy, a CNET News.com investigation shows….

The expiration dates of the cookies detected ranged from 2006 to 2038, with most of them marked as valid for at least a decade or two.

  • Government Web sites follow visitors’ movements By Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache, CNET News.com, January 5, 2006.
  • CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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