Tracking Users Of Government Websites

August 11, 2009

Can you say domestic spying? Yes, the Obama administration is planning on a massive amount of domestic spying on the Internet. Is anybody else finding this amusing, how the lap dogs of the left just allow privacy violations out the wazoo, without mention of privacy rights. Like how about government gets all your medical records so they can snoop on you all they want.

This is just an extension of the clunkers scam, now they are being upfront about tracking your activities. Once it’s OK for government then it will be OK for everyone to do this. The nefarious use of the clunker scam by Beck probably forced this out in the open.

The Obama administration is proposing to undo a long-standing ban on tracking how people use government Internet sites with “cookies” and other technologies, raising alarms among privacy groups.

Other technologies? Maybe the government would like to expand the ‘other technologies’. Key loggers? Other programs to up-load your personal data, your banking data to the government sites?

A two-week public comment period ended Monday on a proposal by the White House Office of Management and Budget to end a ban on federal Internet sites using such technologies and replace it with other privacy safeguards. The current prohibition, in place since 2000, can be waived if an agency head cites a “compelling need.”

Supporters of a change say social networking and similar services, which often take advantage of the tracking technologies, have transformed how people communicate over the Internet, and Obama’s aides say those services can make government more transparent and increase public involvement.

Some privacy groups say the proposal amounts to a “massive” and unexplained shift in government policy. In a statement Monday, American Civil Liberties Union spokesman Michael Macleod-Ball said the move could “allow the mass collection of personal information of every user of a federal government website.”

Even groups that support updating the policy question whether the administration is seeking changes at the request of private companies, such as online search giant Google, as the industry’s economic clout and influence in Washington have grown rapidly.

Two prominent technology policy advocacy groups, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Electronic Frontier Foundation, cited the terms of a Feb. 19 contract with Google, in which a unnamed federal agency explicitly carved out an exemption from the ban so that the agency could use Google’s YouTube video player.

You’ve been warned, protect yourself. Get a new computer with a NX bit Intel chip, and only use the NX enabled 64 bit OSes, Windows 7 or Linux flavors. Otherwise you may find key loggers stuffed nefariously in your system, and your bank data on some government record keeping site.

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