Information-harvesting software widespread on Government websites

Some departments and local authorities are reviewing cookie policies

The worst performing departmental website was the Department of Foreign Affairs, which had 96 trackers detected on it. Photograph: iStock

The worst performing departmental website was the Department of Foreign Affairs, which had 96 trackers detected on it. Photograph: iStock

Software used to harvest potentially sensitive information about users is widespread across the websites of government departments and local authorities, The Irish Times can reveal.

New research shows that almost all of the 16 departmental and 31 local authority websites surveyed had “trackers” installed, which help companies compile detailed profiles of users.

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