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Re: Fed Bill Would Restrict Web Server Logs
From: Frank Louwers <frank () openminds be>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 16:38:39 +0100

On Tue, Feb 14, 2006 at 10:33:19AM -0500, David G. Andersen wrote:

On Tue, Feb 14, 2006 at 09:47:50AM -0500, Jon R. Kibler scribed:


to delete information about visitors, including e-mail addresses, if the 
data is no longer required for a "legitimate" business purpose.

Original posting from Declan McCullagh's PoliTech mailing list. Thought
NANOGers would be interested since, if this bill passes, it would impact
almost all of us. Just imagine the impact on security of not being able
to login IP address and referring page of all web server connections!

Call me weird, but I fail to see where the scary teeth lie in such
a bill.  First of all, it's phrased very abstractly and would hopefully
have its language clarified by the time it escapes a committee.  Second,
the bill is fairly clear about the meaning of personal information, and
it doesn't include things like IP addresses in its examples; the latter
would be a matter for a court to decide, and it's not clear cut at all:

Strange thing is that we have exact the opposite here in Europe. There
is a new bill that has been passed that forces us to keep al logs (mail
and web) for at least 1 or 2 years.

Vriendelijke groeten,
Frank Louwers

Openminds bvba                www.openminds.be
Tweebruggenstraat 16  -  9000 Gent  -  Belgium

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