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[FYI] Government's statisticians
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- Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 14:42:19 +0200
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ONDCP Websites Secretly Track Visitors
Washington, DC: The Office of National Drug Control Policy has
been secretly tracking internet users who visit two government
websites to determine where they have been on the Internet, a clear
violation of the recently released Clinton administration's privacy
policy for federal agencies.
"This is another outrageous example of 'Big Brother' trying to
monopolize public discussion on the issue of marijuana," said Allen
St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director. "It's incredible that
an agency of the federal government seeks to track web visitors as
well as spend millions of taxpayer dollars buying up most of the
relevant words a web viewer employs when researching the topic of
'marijuana.' Can you imagine the Environmental Protection Agency
buying the search word 'environment' or the Department of Health and
Human Services buying the search word 'health' and steering web
viewers to government web sites? When will this rogue federal
bureaucracy be reined in?"
St. Pierre concludes, "Even worse, if a web user types 'National
Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws' into most search
engines, the user is immediately exposed to government propaganda in
the form of a banner ad against marijuana. The drug czar won't meet
with or debate NORML, but he has no problem using our name to spread
If there's a Web node with no links to it, is the node really there?