[Dshield] Fed Bill Would Restrict Web Server Logs

John B. Holmblad jholmblad at aol.com
Tue Feb 14 20:53:34 GMT 2006


it seems pretty straightforward to me. Keeping out intruders (aka 
defending your assets)  is a "legitimate business purpose" and the need 
to do so never goes away.

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Paul Marsh wrote:
> I'd love to know what got Mr. Markeys pants all in a bunch?  I'm not a
> lawyer and nope I don't play one on TV but it looks a little weak. 
> An owner of an Internet website shall destroy, within
> a reasonable period of time, any data containing personal
> information if the information is no longer necessary for
> the purpose for which it was collected or any other legiti
> mate business purpose, or there are no pending requests
> or orders for access to such information pursuant to a
> court order.
> What's "reasonable period of time"?
> Who determines when "the information is no longer necessary for the
> purpose for which it was collected"?
> Thanx, Paul
> -----Original Message-----
> From: list-bounces at lists.dshield.org
> [mailto:list-bounces at lists.dshield.org] On Behalf Of Jon R. Kibler
> Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:50 AM
> To: list at lists.dshield.org
> Subject: [Dshield] Fed Bill Would Restrict Web Server Logs
>> 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>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
>> 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.
> >From Declan McCullagh's PoliTech mailing list. Thought U.S. members of
> DShield 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
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