[Foundation-l] Abuse filter

John at Darkstar vacuum at jeb.no
Wed Mar 25 11:08:11 UTC 2009

The abuse filter has some serious problems with logging of personal
information, what to log and why. There are also the problems associated
with the use of such a log, and who has access to it. In some
jurisdictions it may be legal to log and use such information for
arbitrary actions against the users but that is not generally the case.
In Norway it is legal to log such actions for the administration of the
system, but as soon as it is used for actions against the users it would
need a license (konsesjon) to handle such information. Note that WMF may
choose to neglect the Norwegian laws in this respect as it do not have
to apply to Norwegian laws.

I believe it is fairly easy to avoid all of those those problems, but I
can't find any information that says that such adaptions of the code are
done, or that any other measure is taken to avoid said problems. Can
anyone clarify on the matter as it seems that nearly everyone just
hurrays the implementation and there is no effort to solve those issues.


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