President Obama Wants Your Cookies

The Times reports on the Obama administration’s efforts to modernize government online privacy policies.

The White House suggests federal Web sites be allowed to use “single-session” cookies during one given citizen visit that won’t do any tracking. These would be akin to those e-commerce sites use to make shopping carts work. They would also like to use tracking cookies to gather data purely for Web-traffic analysis. And finally, they propose to use persistent cookies “with the intent of remembering data, settings, or preferences unique to that visitor.”

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