Fed Bill Would Restrict Web Server Logs

Jon R. Kibler Jon.Kibler at aset.com
Tue Feb 14 14:47:50 UTC 2006

> Message: 3
> Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2006 00:14:23 -0800
> From: Declan McCullagh <declan at well.com>
> Subject: [Politech] Delete web server logs, or get fined by the Feds?
>         Ed Markey's new bill [fs]
> To: politech at politechbot.com
> Message-ID: <43EAF9DF.2000602 at well.com>
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> I've posted the text here:
> http://www.politechbot.com/docs/markey.data.deletion.bill.020806.pdf
> A summary is here:
> http://news.com.com/2100-1028_3-6036951.html
> "A bill just announced in Congress would require every Web site operator 
> to delete information about visitors, including e-mail addresses, if the 
> data is no longer required for a "legitimate" business purpose.
> An open question is whether Rep. Ed Markey's bill would require that 
> Internet addresses be deleted by default from Apache and other web 
> server logs. One reading is that it would be. But it's not clear whether 
> an IP address falls under the definition of personal information.
> This bill applies to anyone running a web site, including individuals 
> and bloggers. So it's not just companies that have to worry.

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!

Jon Kibler
Jon R. Kibler
Chief Technical Officer
A.S.E.T., Inc.
Charleston, SC  USA
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