Agencies may need to rethink privacy online

Federal web sites gather information about the people who visit them, just as private-sector sites do.

But since the citizen-government relationship is different from the customer-company relationship, the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation say the way agencies think about privacy should be different.

Their suggestions are contained in a report called “Open Recommendations for the Use of Web Measurement Tools on Federal Government Web Sites.”

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Alissa Cooper, CDT’s Chief Computer Scientist, reviewed the list of recommendations and told me more about them.