Agencies slow to meet online privacy criteria

Wednesday, 28 April 2004, 10:33 AM EST

A few more agency Web sites now have machine-readable privacy policies, but the adoption rate should be faster, according to a new report from Ernst and Young LLP. As of this month, almost 14 percent of 137 federal Web sites reviewed have privacy policies in a machine-readable format, according to a dashboard report from Ernst and Young. Nineteen sites, up 7 percent from January, have online privacy policies that follow requirements laid out in Section 508 of the E-Government Act of 2002.

The machine-readable format can be adopted using the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) developed by the World Wide Web Consortium. The policies direct the browser to notify the user, block certain cookies and provide a summary of the policy.

By Sara Michael at FCW.

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