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EPIC Reports: “WhiteHouse.gov to Track Users for Two Years”

From the EPIC Blog:

“The White House modified its privacy policy for WhiteHouse.gov on June 3, 2011. The new policy is more than twice as long as the old policy. The new policy states the White House web site now uses persistent Google Analytics cookies that track users for up to two years. Previously the site employed only single-session cookies, which were automatically deleted when users closed their browsers. The site does not provide a means for visitors to opt out of receiving cookies.”

The EPIC blog post includes links to old and new privacy policies and a couple of other relevant links.

OMB: Federal policy on web cookies changing

Online ‘Cookies’ Crumble Under Tougher Fed Guidelines, by Chris Strohm, Tech Daily Dose (June 25, 2010).

An OMB spokesman said that the federal government is issuing new policies today governing how agencies may use Web “cookie” files and other technologies to collect information from visitors to government Websites.

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