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Changes Would Pose Serious Threat To Americans’ Personal Information, Says ACLU
WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union submitted comments today to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) opposing its recent proposal to reverse current federal policy and allow the use of web tracking technologies, like cookies, on federal government websites. Cookies can be used to track an Internet user’s every click and are often linked across multiple websites; they frequently identify particular people.
“Americans rely on the information from the federal government to research politics, medical issues and legal requirements. The OMB is now asking to retain the personal and identifiable information we leave behind,” said Christopher Calabrese, Counsel for the ACLU Technology and Liberty Project. “No American should have to sacrifice privacy or risk surveillance in order to access free government information. No policy change should be adopted without wide ranging debate including information on the restrictions and uses of cookies as well as impact on privacy.”
Okay liberals, this is your call to arms. For years, you've been calling Bush a criminal and a unitary executive for his warrantless wiretapping of international phone calls from suspected terrorists and for his collecting phone records for the stated purpose of locating suspected terrorists. Now I've given you a clear example of Obama's intent to track Americans, not suspected terrorists, and invade their privacy via the internet, all without any accountability or oversight.
And while we're on the subject, what about Obama's national database of every American's medical records ? Isn't that an invasion of privacy as well ? I seem to remember something about doctor-patient confidentiality.
Should we frog march Obama out of the White House now ? If not, why not ?
Or are you now willing to say invading the privacy of terrorists is bad, but invading the privacy of Americans is okey-dokey, as long as Obama is doing it ?
Or will you just call me a racist ? (aka, The Reverend Response)