NSA Gets Caught With Hand in Cookie Jar
The National Security Agency has admitted keeping persistent cookies on visitors to its website. It will discontinue the illegal practice, and says it was a mistake.
Don Weber, an agency spokesman, said in a statement yesterday that the use of the so-called persistent cookies resulted from a recent software upgrade.
Normally, Mr. Weber said, the site uses temporary cookies that are automatically deleted when users close their Web browsers, which is legally permissible. But he said the software in use was shipped with the persistent cookies turned on. "After being tipped to the issue, we immediately disabled the cookies," Mr. Weber said.
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