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Federal Agencies Set Bad Example For Online Privacy
The new report also found 42 Web bugs--graphic images (often invisible) that monitor users' activity--and 27 agencies in clear violation of their own privacy policies. Within the Department of Commerce's Web sites, 23 pages had Web bugs exchanging information with non-government computers. At the Department of Health and Human Services, 21 sites designed for children didn't have privacy statements, making them non-compliant with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
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