NSA - cookie monster?

Karlin
#1
This article says the USA spy agency called NSA might be putting cookies on your computer if you visit their site, and who knows where else they track from.

The USA's NSA is counterpart to Canada's lesser known "CSE" [Canadian Securities Establishment"} , which has the job of spying on foreign targets at the request of MPs and the PMs and for the Army. Everything at CSE is paid for thru the Canadian military budgets, and is purposely not tracked, not traceable either, by doing it that way [payroll, expenses, bribes and informant money].

http://tinyurl.com/bssyv

Quote:

the White House's Office of Management and Budget prohibits federal agencies from using persistent cookies those that aren't automatically deleted right away unless there is a "compelling need."

K - But that doesn't mean they dont do it as much as they feel like -
Quote:

Daniel Brandt, a privacy activist who discovered the NSA cookies, said mistakes happen, "but in any case, it's illegal. The (guideline) doesn't say anything about doing it accidentally."

K - Sure, by accident some people got tracking cookies after visiting the NSA website, sure. Legal that way tho... this is the standard anymore - morality is out, just whatever it takes to get it done, justified cuz Bush said it is.

And it happens a lot of places, not just NSA:
Quote:

The government first issued strict rules on cookies in 2000 after disclosures that the White House drug policy office had used the technology to track computer users viewing its online anti-drug advertising. Even a year later, a congressional study found 300 cookies still on the Web sites of 23 agencies.

In 2002, the CIA removed cookies it had inadvertently placed at one of its sites after Brandt called it to the agency's attention.


If you have visited sites of interest, you are known to them. {note - Them is who "they" are, same ones!}

Karlin
 
FiveParadox
#2
Cookies do not, in most cases, contain personally identifiable information. If you don't submit any personal information in a form to that Web site, then the cookie cannot contain any such information. Furthermore, cookies can be manually deleted, or your browser can be set to deny cookies altogether. This really isn't a big deal; many Web sites on the Internet use persistent cookies to track advertising, and to keep custom settings in tact from visit to visit.
 

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