- By Diane Frank
- Oct 29, 2000
The Office of Management and Budget has set different policies for two kinds
Session cookies: Cookies that expire when the user closes the Web browser
at the end of an online session.
OMB's policy: Agencies can use session cookies without notifying users
Persistent cookies: Cookies that are stored on a user's computer and
expire after a specific time.
OMB's policy: Agencies must notify visitors if the Web site uses persistent
cookies, demonstrate a compelling need to collect the information, gain
the approval of the agency's top official and have the appropriate safeguards
for protecting the stored data.