Hill puts lid on cookie jar
- By Diane Frank, Judi Hasson
- Jul 24, 2000
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) last week added an amendment to the
Treasury/ Postal appropriations bill calling for a moratorium on agency
use of "cookies," small bits of software placed on a Web user's hard drive.
The legislation comes as the Clinton administration attempts to shore
up its policy on privacy and federal Web sites.
"We need this timeout, or moratorium, where agencies are barred from
using these technologies until we have a governmentwide consistent policy
under force of law that provides the necessary protections against the unintentional
and involuntary collection of people's personal information," Frelinghuysen
said in a statement.
Roger Baker, chairman of the CIO Council's subcommittee on privacy,
sent a letter to agency CIOs this month asking for comments by this week
Cookies and federal Web sites became an issue last month when it came
to light that the White House site for the Office of National Drug Control
Policy was using cookies to track pages users visited. This prompted a memorandum
by Jack Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget, reiterating
the White House's policy on privacy for federal Web sites.