Accession Number:

ADA383637

Title:

Internet Privacy: Federal Agency Use of Cookies

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2000-10-20

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

As requested by your office, we have been reviewing selected federal agencies use of cookies on their web sites. A cookie is a short string of text-not a program-that is sent from a web server to a web browser when the browser accesses a web page. The use of cookies allows the server to recognize returning users, track on-line purchases, or maintain and serve customized web pages. Domain cookies are cookies placed by the visited web site. However, some web sites also allow the placement of third-party cookies--cookies placed on a visitors computer by a domain other than the site being visited. The domain and third-party cookies may be further grouped into session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are short-lived, are used only during the browsing session, and expire when the user quits the browser. Persistent cookies specify expiration dates, remain stored on the clients computer until the expiration date, and can be used to track users browsing behavior by identifying their Internet addresses whenever they return to a site.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE