Emails about the cash for clunkers web site, Cars.Gov, like the following one shown below are going around, fueled by the latest Glenn Beck fear mongering. Keep in mind that it is 100% BS.
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First, if you go to Cars.Gov, your computer will not be taken over. I’ve done it, I know it doesn’t happen and that it’s not possible. The terms do not state that it will happen. Second, those terms cannot be found on Cars.Gov. Finally, what Beck doesn’t tell you is that there is another government site he must have used to find those terms, ESC.Gov, that is for car dealers only.
Here is part of the transcript… This guy is really clueless. I was particularly amused by his fear of browser cookies!
BECK: Let me bring in Kimberly Guilfoyle. She’s here. She’s a FOX News anchor.
Kim, I wanted to bring you in because the Cars.gov — and I recommend, America, do not try this at home. I’m going to show it to you. This is somebody else’s computer. I took it from their office, because I wouldn’t do this on mine.
KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Yes.
BECK: Cars.gov. This actually came in a tip from what I call a constitutional watchdog. I’m asking my radio listeners earlier all this week to watch these things, because 10 million eyes on radio, and God knows how many millions of eyes here on television watching things that we can’t watch. This is a frightening thing.
GUILFOYLE: It really is.
GUILFOYLE: Don’t — people shouldn’t go on it right now while you’re doing it. Don’t do it.
BECK: Do not do this at home. Trust me. You’ll understand why.
OK. Can you take a shot here of this, Oscar?
Here is Cars.gov. Let’s say you go in. If I understand this right, I go in and I say, “I want to turn in my clunker.” The dealer goes to Cars.gov, and then they hit “submit transaction.” Here it says “privacy act and security statement,” and it’s like, oh, it’s the Privacy Act of 1974. Whatever. I agree.
Now, this is how bad this system is. It probably won’t pull up, because the system is so overwhelmed. You know, it was a $19 million Web site.
BECK: So, let me — it’s not going to pull up now. Watch. It’s thinking. It’s trying really hard.
Let me show you what it does say when you pull it up. Can you bring up the full screen on what it says?
A warning box comes up, and it says, “This application provides access 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. Or — any or 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, law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign.”
Good God Almighty!
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