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Even more on cookies...

Yes, apparently I'm not quite full of cookies yet... and then C/Net's News.com spurred me further with this story:

Government Web sites follow visitors' movements [C/Net, 1.5.2005]

Dozens of federal agencies are tracking visits to U.S. government Web sites in violation of long-standing rules designed to protect online privacy, a CNET News.com investigation shows.

The story has a chart showing agencies that use cookies or Web bugs. I had mentioned the Smithsonian and the National Zoo cookies in my first post on this subject... as well as others that they did not cover. (The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs still irks me just because they are supposed to be overseeing this stuff.)

The News.com reporters note that "some departments changed their practices this week after being contacted by CNET News.com."

Some of the sites surprise me because I do have my Web browser's cookie detector on and, as you might imagine, I visit many government Web sites each day, but I'll take their word for it.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Jan 05, 2006 at 12:15 PM


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