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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I don't know what the wingnuts are complaining about....
Posted by Jill | 5:16 AM
...because Barack Obama is looking more like George W. Bush in the areas of secrecy and citizen privacy (or lack of same) every day:
The Obama administration is proposing to scale back a long-standing ban on tracking how people use government Internet sites with "cookies" and other technologies, raising alarms among privacy groups.

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."

The only part of this that doesn't make me just shake my head is the prospect of watching the very same people who thought that George W. Bush and Dick Cneney monitoring internet activity through that room in San Francisco have canniptions over this.

We, however, throw canniptions about invasion of privacy no matter WHICH party is doing it. The only difference here is that where George W. Bush was claiming "national security", here it seems to be a simple question of doing the bidding of corporate masters -- something to which the Obama Administration seems to have made a major commitment.

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