Yesterday, the New York Times published an editorial on the revising the tracking policy on federal government web sites. This piece aligns closely with recommendations CDT and EFF made recently about updating the “cookie” policy to provide both transparency and privacy protection.
As mentioned in a blog post from EFF’s Tim Jones, this piece really nails it in terms of what the administration needs to do to ensure that citizen privacy is taken into account in web site measurement and tracking. It is important to note from the CDT and EFF recommendations that this type of notice does not need to be legalistic to be useful. We recommend that agencies have regular for users on each page that users can find more information about.