Monday, 17 August 2009

US government websites' deals with social media corporations - and privacy

Campaigning organisation EPIC got the US government to disclose their contracts with Web 2.0 companies including agreements with Blip.tv, Blist, Google (YouTube), Yahoo (Flickr), and MySpace.

There seems to have been no requirement for the private non-government corporations to preserve users' or citizens' privacy, and in fact Google got a special dispensation for persistent cookies.

Some of the agreements also allowed tracking of government website users for advertising purposes.

See the EPIC report and documents linked to in it.

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