Government Agencies Still Tracking Visitors

(Washington-AP) -- Looks like whenever you walk into certain government Web sites, you may wind up leaving electronic footprints everywhere you go on the Internet.

A congressional review has found that 13 government agencies are secretly using technology that tracks the online habits of people who visit their Web sites. And this, despite a White House ban on such practices.

In at least one case, the US Forest Service turned the information it collected over to a private company -- without informing visitors.

The study was conducted by the General Accounting Office and was obtained by The Associated Press. The head of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee is upset by the information in the report. Sen.Fred Thompson asks how can the Clinton administration talk about protecting privacy when its own agencies take liberties with private information obtained from citizens?

You can visit Sen. Thompson's web site at

The General Accounting Office web site is at

And the US Forest Service web site can be found at