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LinuxPlanet: .comment: Big Brother's Cookies

Nov 06, 2000, 18:21 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

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"According to a report done by the General Accounting Office at the request of Sen. Fred Thompson, Republican of Tennessee and chairman of the Committee on Government Affairs, and made public though not publicized last week, government agency websites of all kinds are trying to write cookies to your hard drive. Not just the little memory-resident cookies that are employed in 'shopping cart' types of sites, but saved, persistent ones that report back to the site later."

"The GAO surveyed 65 government websites and found that 11 of them put cookies on your hard drive -- seven without disclosure, and three of them sending their results to undisclosed third parties. The agency did not, for some reason, include the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency in its survey."

"Is this a problem? You bet it is!"

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