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Cookie Ban Lifted

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 30, 2010

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has updated a policy that restricted the use of persistent cookies on federal Web sites, InformationWeek reports. The OMB released new guidance last week that allows for the use of cookies, with some restrictions. "We think (this guidance) will allow the U.S. government to continue to improve its ability to be transparent and open...while fully protecting people's privacy rights," said the OMB's Michael Fitzpatrick. Previously, federal entities were required to seek approval from senior leadership before placing cookies onto their Web sites. Under the new policy, they need not gain such approval but must seek user consent under certain circumstances, among other requirements.
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