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YouTube Removes Cookies From the White House

15 06 2009 – Recently, we wrote about the White House taking measures to ensure that the videos that appear on Whitehouse.gov do not set cookies that retrieve information about viewers’ online habits – something that embedded YouTube videos do.

In response, YouTube added an option to set cookies to delayed mode, making sure that YouTube tracks information only from those visitors who actually click on the video.

Now, YouTube has taken it a step further, completely ignoring the cookies collected from visitors to Whitehouse.gov. It’s a step in the right direction, but once again, it’s only an exception that’s been made solely to satisfy the White House’s demands. Thus, the question from the original article still stands: if YouTube’s privacy policy isn’t good enough for the US government – to the extent that YouTube has to make exceptions to its rules – is it good enough for the rest of us?

Source: mashable.com

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