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RE: Fed Bill Would Restrict Web Server Logs
On Tue, 14 Feb 2006, David Hubbard wrote:
Have you ever tried getting opt-in information out of someone, especially when they know they've screwed up? You practically need a subpeona to do it. In many cases (I went through this recently with ZDnet) you literally have to play the escalation game just to rattle enough cages to get people to realize you're a: serious and b: not a kook. Oddly enough, I have the hardest time with the latter. ;)From: Andy DavidsonSpeaking with my e-commerce vendor hat on, server logs (apache, mail, application audit logs) and other information about visitors (especially those who have conducted a purchase transaction with us, or signed up to our newsletter) never stop having a business purpose - it's called referential integrity. We want to use them to track the behaviour fraudulent users for example.Anyone who runs mailing lists has to keep that info to be able to prove how and when someone opted in.
It'll be interesting to see what this legislation looks like when/if it gets signed. Maybe it'll finally be the extra kick I need to get some of our larger databases purged.