Legislators preach privacy, but use tracking tools


National News

November 16, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate judiciary and commerce committees on Capitol Hill in April in Washington, D.C. (TNS)

WASHINGTON —Dozens of lawmakers in Congress are using tracking tools on their campaign websites to collect personal information about online visitors, including some legislators who have lambasted Facebook and other social media companies for employing similar methods.

The revelations underscore how critical internet tracking has become to politicians who seek information on voters in their districts to target them with advertising.

One senator removed tracking tools from his campaign website after his office was contacted by McClatchy, and another lawmaker pledged to put up a privacy alert about the tracking.

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