response to the U.S. government’s reexamination of their current ban on
cookie technology, USACM, ACM’s U.S. Public Policy Committee, recently
submitted comments on using web tracking technologies.
an example of web tracking technologies, are bits of code that can be
deposited on your computer to help the web site you are visiting
remember things about you.
that cookies can significantly improve citizens’ interactions with
government websites and promote civic engagement. USACM’s comments also
cited the challenges of using Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
for web tracking, or when financial records or medical data are
involved or exposed through careless collection.
Among the USACM recommendations are:
Minimizing the collection of PII
Incorporating proper website design and access controls
Limiting web tracking technologies to HTTP cookies until users can track and manage it on their computers
Additional details and commentary are available at: http://usacm.acm.org/usacm/PDF/USACM_Web_Tracking_Comments_Final.pdf