By issuing its 1999 guidance, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) took an important step in bringing the federal government's protection of an individual's privacy in line with current technological advancements by providing guidance to agencies for addressing the collection of on-line personal information through the on-line posting of privacy policies. Sixty-seven of the 70 executive agencies GAO reviewed in 2000 had privacy policies on their web sites that were clearly labeled and easily accessed. Sixty-three of 70 agencies explained that they automatically collected information when individuals visited their web sites through the use of logs (date/time of access, pages visited, etc.).
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