Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cash for Clunkers Web Site Allows Govt to Track Your Computer, Seize Private Info

When a dealer goes to to participate in the "Cash for Clunkers" program, and proceeds past the login, they are met with some very disturbing Privacy Act language:

A warning box will pop up, and it reads:
‘This application provides to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a federal computer system and it is property of the United States government ... Any and all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, DoT and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign.'
Kimberly Guilfoyle, a legal analyst for Fox News, has interpreted the language to mean the government will assume very broad authority over your computer -- including the ability to seize personal and private information.

Guilfoyle also said legally the government can use Web software to track your computer any time they want once you've logged into the site.



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