The site no longer stores information on cookies about people's viewing of clips embedded on Whitehouse.gov, the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation announced this week.
"This is a good step and we commend YouTube and the government for taking it. It shows that they recognize that tracking the government videos that Americans view is creepy and wrong," the EFF said in a blog post. "It also shows that Google/YouTube technologists can build and offer clever, useful privacy-protective modifications to their standard software."
The decision comes several few months after the EFF criticized the Obama administration's use of YouTube. The EFF argued that people should be able to watch Obama's speeches and other clips on WhiteHouse.gov without being tracked.
While the EFF praised YouTube's decision to stop tracking viewers at Whitehouse.gov, the group also renewed calls for increased privacy protections. "Google/YouTube should offer this same 'tracking-free' viewing to others," the group said. "Human rights videos, politically sensitive videos, or even ordinary videos where viewers may want privacy should all be available without tracking."