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Privacy at Heart of OMB Cookie Ban Review

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 1, 2010

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is expected to complete its revision of the White House ban on federal sites' use of Web-tracking devices this month, Nextgov reports. The so-called cookie policy took effect in 2000 but has been under review due to concerns that the ban is too restrictive. At issue, should the tracking prohibition be lifted, is how to protect the privacy of those who visit federal sites. While some want visitors to be able to opt out of having their data collected by the sites, others say that simple instructions to help site visitors control tracking using their browser settings would be a better solution.
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