Question of privacy with reassigned resources

Paul Ferguson fergdawgster at
Wed Aug 4 19:46:01 UTC 2010

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On Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 12:42 PM, Steven Bellovin <smb at>

> On Aug 4, 2010, at 1:35 17AM, William Herrin wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Franck Martin <franck at> wrote:
>>> If it is a business, then accurate address does not seem to me an
>>> issue, if it is a private address, I think a bit of fuzziness is
>>> helpful
>> An apartment complex/condo/etc is a business which contains private
>> addresses.
>> Do you sell to the residents directly or do you sell to the apartment
>> complex which then resells to individual residents?
>> If the former then you're basically off the hook for anybody who
>> doesn't get a /29 or larger.
>> For the latter, you're providing significant amounts of a public
>> resource (IP addresses) to a business whose contact information you're
>> contractually and ethically obligated to reveal. If a particular
>> complex is worried about publishing their location, they can always
>> rent a P.O. box. If you're the only one doing the worrying, don't.
> I strongly disagree -- you're revealing the precise address of any tenant
> in those buildings.  Don't do that...

Chiming in: I would tend to agree with smb on this particular issue --
that's a bit *too* precise.

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