If you've ever suspected that somebody in your schools might be visiting web sites they shouldn't, you ought to know about this case pending in a federal court in Nashville, Tenn.

An online newspaper in Cookeville, Tenn., filed suit last summer against the town government to gain access to the information stored in electronic "cookies" on the hard drives of municipal computers.

Among other things, Cookie files trace the itinerary of a computer's web browser and, consequently, could allow reporters to discover what web sites government employees have been visiting.

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