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Re: EU Official: IP Is Personal
Paul Vixie wrote:
hank@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Hank Nussbacher) writes:
Correct. In the EU DP framework (see: http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/fsj/privacy/), personal
privacy doesn't arise from private law (contract or property), but from public law (the human rights
statements contained in the treaty under which the EU is formed).
However, Google/DoubleClick claim they have the right to collect PII data and disclose less than
their complete data collection policy, and in particular, claim that endpoint identifiers do not tend
to identify individuals. Further, they assert a property claim on such collected data.
See the partialip definition in the W3C's P3P Spec for an attempt to straddle the fence at offset 7:
"a partialip element represents an IP version 4 address (only - not a version 6 address) which has
had at least the last 7 bits of information removed"
The theory for partialip was that a full address (v4 or v6) was PII, and a partial (for v4 only, at 7bits)
was not PII.
P. S. How many bits in the mask are necessary to achieve the non-PII aim?