White House Website Will Continue Using Web Bugs

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 30, 2005

New information related to yesterday’s posting, NSA Website Discontinues Tracking Users After Objections, and in reference to U.S. to Investigate Contractor’s Use of Internet Tracking Technologies on White House Web Site. This evening, AP reported that David Almacy, White House Internet and E-Communications Director, announced that the government website is not in violation of privacy guidelines that prohibit the use of cookies. The site does use web bugs, which it claims are not matched with the use of cookies. By way of further clarification, a “bug” is a small eavesdropping device.

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