NSA places illegal cookies on computers

The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visitors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most of them.

Coming on the heels of spying and evesdropping authorized by the administration, the NSA has been accused of illegally placing "cookies" on visitors' computers to track their web surfing.

Newsday reports:

"Considering the surveillance power the NSA has, cookies are not exactly a major concern," said Ari Schwartz, associate director at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a privacy advocacy group in Washington, D.C. "But it does show a general lack of understanding about privacy rules when they are not even following the government's very basic rules for Web privacy."