Government 2.0

Blog archive

Cookies may make a comeback on federal Web sites

Is the lid coming off the federal Web cookie jar? A senior Defense Department official has suggested that a decade-old ban on cookies on federal Web sites might be lifted.

David Wennergren, deputy chief information officer at DOD, told Nextgov in an interview that Web managers may be allowed to put cookies on their Web sites if visitors give their consent. The cookies collect personal information from visitors so they can tailor content to the visitor.

"People have strong feelings about the right to privacy, so we're going to have to navigate," Wennergren told Nextgov. "It might be one of these things where we have to [offer an] 'opt-in,'" allowing visitors a choice of whether to consent to their usage being tracked, he said.

The federal cookie ban was put into place in 2000 to protect visitors’ privacy. Although cookies have become much more popular on the Web since that time, the federal prohibition remains controversial. Some favor using cookies on federal sites to foster more interactive Web experiences, while others continue to oppose cookies because of the possibility of privacy loss.

The Office of Management and Budget last year began revisiting the cookie policy, and public comments were collected.

 

Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Jun 18, 2010 at 7:25 PM


Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Our databases track awards back to 2013. Read More

  • Navigating the trends and issues of 2016 Nick Wakeman

    In our latest WT Insider Report, we pull together our best advice, insights and reporting on the trends and issues that will shape the market in 2016 and beyond. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.