Privacy Problems Plague New White House Web Site

While the public responded very favorably to the announcements this week from President Barack Obama, problems with the privacy practices of the new White House web site where the President's statements are posted emerged. One columnist noted a tracking feature associated with YouTube that violated a long-standing rule to limit the use of persistent cookies in the federal government. A second columnist, who noted a similar problem with YouTube and Congressional offices, said that subsequent changes to the White House privacy policy failed to resolve the problem. In posts to the Interesting People list, several other experts identified privacy related problems with the White House site. For general information about cookies and tracking, see EPIC's Cookies page.

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