Fed Bill Would Restrict Web Server Logs

Frank Louwers frank at openminds.be
Tue Feb 14 15:38:39 UTC 2006

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:
> > > 
> > > http://www.politechbot.com/docs/markey.data.deletion.bill.020806.pdf
> > > 
> > > 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

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