Privacy rights restored (temporarily)

Speaking of Youtube, there has been an interesting little privacy wrangle with the White House webpage in the past week or so, as the Obama administration sought to exempt youtube from the rule providing for secure privacy in citizens using the official webpage. Youtube of course places tracking cookies on all users, and this is true for webpages in which youtube videos are embedded. (no word yet on the ability of youtube to watch you while you watch, but far off can that be really?). But such tracking is not compatible with federal law. For a brief time, the Obama administration gave a free pass to youtube to violate the law and invade your privacy. Now, as bloggers raised concerns and awareness, Obama has backed off.

The details of this can be found on the great privacy issue blog on CNET which is worth your time: Surveillance State


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