[LINK] [Privacy] EFF launches log-finder
agarton at toysatellite.org
Mon Feb 14 11:59:43 EST 2005
The following application was launched by EFF. Wondering whether
anyone might take it up locally?
* EFF Announces New Privacy Tool
Logfinder Helps Eliminate Unwanted Logging of Personal Data
San Francisco, CA - EFF this week released logfinder, a
software tool to help people reduce the unnecessary
collection of personal information about computer users.
Often computer network servers automatically log
information about who has visited a website and when, or
who has sent and received email. Such data tells a lot
about a user's browsing and email habits and could be
used in privacy-invasive ways. Moreover, log data must
be turned over to government entities with court orders
and can be subpoenaed by opposing sides in court cases.
By finding unwanted log files, logfinder informs system
administrators when their servers are collecting personal
data and gives them the opportunity to turn logging off
if it isn't gathering information necessary for
administering the system.
Logfinder was conceived by security consultant Ben Laurie
and written by EFF Staff Technologist Seth Schoen. It's
intended to complement EFF's recent white paper, "Best
Practices for Online Service Providers," in which the
organization argues that administrators should remove
as many logs as possible and delete all personally
identifying data from them.
"People who choose to follow our recommendations in the
white paper might not know what kinds of logs they have,"
said Schoen. "Logfinder is an example of one way a
system administrator could become aware of the presence
of logs, as well as discover sensitive information
being collected in known logs."
For this media alert:
To download logfinder:
EFF white paper: "Best Practices for Online Service
:: Andrew Garton
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