"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
"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
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