Wednesday, December 28, 2005

NSA Web Site Puts 'Cookies' on Computers

"NEW YORK - The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visitors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most of them. These files, known as "cookies," disappeared after a privacy activist complained and The Associated Press made inquiries this week, and agency officials acknowledged Wednesday they had made a mistake. Nonetheless, the issue raises questions about privacy at a spy agency already on the defensive amid reports of a secretive eavesdropping program in the United States.

"Considering the surveillance power the NSA has, cookies are not exactly a major concern," said Ari Schwartz, associate director at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a privacy advocacy group in Washington, D.C. "But it does show a general lack of understanding about privacy rules when they are not even following the government's very basic rules for Web privacy."

Until Tuesday, the NSA site created two cookie files that do not expire until 2035 _ likely beyond the life of any computer in use today.

Don Weber, an NSA spokesman, said in a statement Wednesday that the cookie use resulted from a recent software upgrade. Normally, the site uses temporary, permissible cookies that are automatically deleted when users close their Web browsers, he said, but the software in use shipped with persistent cookies already on. "
BreitBart
Here want your very own cookie NAS just visit the NSA and be a patriot, help secure the country, help fight terrorism.

Don't ask what your country can do for you, Ask what freedom you can give to secure your country.

2 Comments:

Blogger Glenmore said...

Actually, MadTom, most websites place cookies. Among other things, it helps the surfer return easily to places they like, and post comments without re-registering. Maybe 'blogspot' even places cookies.
Now, they CAN be nefarious, but they are not necessarily so.

9:05 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

Did you read the first paragraph?

"The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visitors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most of them."

I know most commercial site put cookies on your computer, but I think most expire sometime before 2035, but that aside there are many many things and information that corporations and companies of all sizes do on an everyday bases that are illegal for the government to do to you. You know why? Because the government is many times more powerful than a corporation. And they could use the information in a much more destructive way.
You can hand your rights away if you want, they'll have to take mine from me.

11:04 PM  

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