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On 27-Jul-07, at 7:49 AM, Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu wrote:
On Thu, 26 Jul 2007 18:23:37 MDT, Tremaine Lea said:
Apparently you've never heard of a mail administrator tagging
outbound email for all users. It's pretty common. Of course, you may
lack the experience of dealing with large companies.
The fact a large company does it doesn't make it any less stupid.
think a large company could afford their own mailserver rather than
people use Gmail (now wrap your head around the concept of
anywhere *near* a Google-owned server"... ;)
I was as amused by that as you.
To pick up on a part of the sig that Nick didn't rip into publicly:
"and delete it from your system"
Presumably, Tremaine, in his self-claimed role as "Security
*and* "Paranoia for hire", realizes that it quite likely sat on my
mail server for anywhere from several seconds to several hours (in
are probably copies on *3* different servers in our mail cluster) -
until some *other* piece of mail happens to land on those same
blocks of storage,
the text is quite easy to recover by any decent computer forensics
Yes, I do realize this. Duh.
On the other hand, actually going in and overwriting the affected
quite challenging, especially when it's a 10 terabyte mailstore
several million messages a day for 100K users. We'll be happy to
do it - *IF*
Tremaine's company is willing to indemnify us for the downtime.
Why would I (or the company I contract to) be interested in what you
do to delete Sergio's email?
So there's 2 possible outcomes here:
1) The request has zero legal standing, and Tremaine's company is
the kindness of strangers rather than using PGP or S/MIME to
their mail. This sort of thing is usually called "lack of due
and I don't think any company wants to be flaunting it.
Speaking of due diligence... I'm pretty sure literacy and following
a trail of information is basic to this field. As you've clearly
missed, Sergio has nothing to do with me, the company I work with,
or ... hell, who knows. I don't know the guy from Adam. Or you.
2) The request *does* have legal standing - in which case
may indeed have some liability to pick up any and all associated
Again with the not being able to follow the bouncing ball.
Particularly interesting is the legal question of what happens when a
"please delete all copies" request is attached to something that's
a company that is required to retain copies of *everything* for
compliance (as is true for some financial-sector companies).....
That's the only really interesting thing you've contributed, and it's
a good question. Any one know of any court cases on this?
Network Security Consultant
"Paranoia for hire"
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