Obama campaign's privacy practices under spotlight

President Barack Obama is being called a hypocrite by some for his seemingly dual viewpoints on consumer privacy on the Internet.

President Barack Obama is being called a hypocrite by some for his seemingly dual viewpoints on consumer privacy on the Internet.

His campaign, Obama for America, has allegedly invested millions of dollars in online marketing efforts that rely on personal data that's not always handed over voluntarily by the user.

Also, Obama's campaign website, BarackObama.com, has a privacy policy that acknowledges, that it “may also collect information about the type of mobile device you use, your device's unique ID, the type of mobile Internet browsers you use, and information about the location of your device.”

This seems to be at odds with “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” his administration put out which would grant individual control to consumers over what personal data companies collect from them and how they use it.

An Obama campaign official stressed that the campaign protects personal data.

“This campaign has always and will continue to be an organization that respects and takes care to protect information that people share with us,” Obama for America spokeswoman Katie Hogan said. “We go to great lengths to make sure that supporters have the ability to opt out of communication and contact from the campaign.”

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