THE WHITE HOUSE|
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
June 21, 2000
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
Today, White House officials learned for the first time from the
Office of National Drug Control Policy about certain practices by ONDCP
contractors that could result in the collection of information about
consumers and their Internet use. The practices involve the use of
"cookies" - small bits of software placed on the hard drive of Internet
users - in order to determine which Internet advertisements are seen by
website users. Cookies can also be used to collect personal data about
We will take all steps necessary to halt these practices now.
Specifically, ONDCP will halt the use of "cookies" on its behalf. At no
time has ONDCP requested or received any personally identifiable
information based on the use of "cookies." ONDCP has directed its
contractors to destroy any data held by contractors and gathered through
the use of "cookies."
Federal policy states that the White House and agency web sites
must have clearly posted privacy policies, and we will comply with those
policies. In addition, we are committed to making sure that contractors
of federal sites fully and completely meet those same standards.